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Better Things (2008)




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A handful of characters in a small British town deal with love, disappointment and temptation in this independent drama. Nan Wilson (Patricia Loveland) has come home after a long stay in the hospital, and finds herself sharing her house with her sister Gail (Rachel McIntyre). Gail doesn't comfortably connect with the outside world, and would prefer to stay in her room reading romance novels rather than reach out to others, but Nan struggles to find a common ground between them. Mr. and Mrs. Gladwin (Frank Bench and Betty Bench) have been married for six decades, but they've slowly began to drift apart, with time and misunderstanding creating a wall that separates them from one another. And after the woman he loved dies unexpectedly, Rob (Liam McIlfatrick) turns to narcotics to dull the pain, and has visions of living happily with her again. The first feature film from writer and director Duane Hopkins, Better Things was screened as part of the Critics' Week series at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Rachel McIntyre
as Gail Wilson
Emma Cooper
as Tess Baker
Che Corr
as David
Frank Bench
as Mr. Gladwin
Betty Bench
as Mrs. Gladwin
Jane Foxhall
as Tess's Mom
Bryndley Hutt
as Mr. Wilson
Lillian Hutt
as Mrs. Wilson
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Critic Reviews for Better Things

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

The ironies are always cruel and never comic in British writer-director Duane Hopkins's striking debut, an austere, though empathetic, insightful and technically crisp slice of social realism.

January 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

The film is an example of British realism with virtues. [Full Review in Spanish]

November 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Duane Hopkins revealed a singularity and a talent that he later confirmed. [Full Review in Spanish]

November 20, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

An inventive, unclichéd example of British realism which shines a light into rarely explored social territory and the unexamined lives of its characters.

July 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Although the film is flawed... it offers a powerful evocation of the desperate, tongue-tied helplessness that sets its various characters in motion, and which, in the film's riveting moments, echoes uneasily in the mind.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Hopkins marks himself out as a man of unique vision who isn't afraid to try something different to encourage an audience to think.

June 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Things


Slightly disappointing in that this could have been a really great film. Better Things is realistic and gritty, but has a very depressed tone to it, this suits it's subject matter, yet the uncertainty of story order sometimes confuses and whilst the characters are not all linked as such, there is a common link in the situations themselves. I just feel this film is missing a special ingredient that should have made it a really talked about, interesting, hard hitting film.

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