Hope Gap


Review: A couple live in an idyllic British seaside town, her husband of 29 years tells her he’s leaving her for another woman. All this suddenly comes out in the open when their son returns home for the weekend.
Director: William Nicholson
Actors: Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor, Aiysha Hart, Ryan McKen, Derren Litten, Rose Keegan and Nicholas Blane
Year: 2020
Genre: Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 3/5
William Nicholson adapted this from his own play The Retreat From Moscow. This film is also from his own life experience, when his own parents’ marriage broke down after 33 years. I think this is one of Bill Nighy’s best performances. I was really impressed with his acting. This is not an easy part for Josh O’Connor to play but I think he handles the whole situation well. Both Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor starred in Emma (2020). Considering that so many film critics have criticised Annette Bening’s English accent I thought that she did a pretty impressive job considering how hard she must have found it to get the accent right. All these three actors acted exceptionally well considering there wasn’t much material any of them could work with. This was filmed in part on location in Seaford, East Sussex. I never once got bored or tired watching this film and it kept my attention all the way through. I can almost imagine this to be a stage play. 


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