Film

Hope Gap

Director
William Nicholson
Certificate
12A
Running Time
101 mins

Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have been married for 29 years and live in a small English seaside town near a cove under the cliffs called Hope Gap. When their adult son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes to visit for the weekend, Edward reveals that he plans to leave Grace for a younger woman. Nice timing, dude!

Something of a treat for anyone who enjoyed the likes of Marriage Story, 45 Years and The Wife, Oscar nominated Gladiator and Everest writer William Nicholson’s second film as writer/director is another of those marital bust-up dramas that permits a brace of great actors to stretch their emoting muscles. There’s nothing here that we haven’t seen many times before, but the moping is world class and the beachscapes look lovely.

 

 

 

By robin askew, Tuesday, Aug 4 2020

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