The Bookshop

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A rare adaptation that sticks too closely to its source material, The Bookshop's meticulously crafted world building gets lost in its meandering pace.



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England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.


Emily Mortimer
as Florence Green
Bill Nighy
as Mr. Brundish
Honor Kneafsey
as Christine
James Lance
as Milo North
Patricia Clarkson
as Mrs. Violet Gamart
Jorge Suquet
as Mr. Thornton
Hunter Tremayne
as Mr. Keble
Gary Piquer
as Mr. Gill
Lucy Tillett
as Mrs. Gipping
Lana O'Kell
as Ivy Welford
Nigel O'Neill
as Mr. Deben
Toby Gibson
as Peter Gipping
Mary O'Driscoll
as Mrs. Keble
Karen Ardiff
as Mrs. Deben
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