The Song of Lunch (2010)

The Song of Lunch (2010)

The Song of Lunch





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This hour-long installment of the PBS series Masterpiece Contemporary stars Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, and constitutes an adaptation of Christopher Reid's narrative poem of the same title. Like its source material, the film follows the saga of a nameless book editor (Rickman), meeting his ex-girlfriend (Thompson) a decade and a half after their initial break-up. They join one another for a nostalgic lunch at a chic SoHo restaurant that figured prominently into their relationship; she has … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: May 1, 2012

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This one was full of surprises, but sadly, few of them were good ones. At least at 50 minutes duration, the pain did not last long, but even so, it seemed longer than its running length. A BBC TV production means of course impeccable production values and I am normally a huge fan of Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. It was the story and the presentation that were lacking. Most of the film consisted of a voice over narration of what was going though his mind through the course of the encounter. Very little action can still be engrossing if the conversation sparkles. The description of this calls it a poetic monologue. I call it pretentious prattle. I will give it three stars, but only because of Emma. Without her it would have been an unmitigated disaster.

Mark Abell
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Not your typical film but interesting. A bittersweet tale of lost love. Nice to see Rickman and Thompson working together again.

Sunil Jawahir

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