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The Bookshop (2017)




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The Bookshop is a sumptuous cinematic adaptation which celebrates Bibliophilia itself. Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's celebrated novel of 1978, and set in a sleepy 1950's English town, The Bookshop tells the story of Florence Green's ultimately doomed attempt to re-energise an out of touch, morally somnambulant rural townsfolk through the dissemination of some of the most stirring literature of the day. Leaving grief and a dead husband in the past, Florence takes life into her own hands by opening a bookshop in Hardborough, a quiet Anglian town, and one sheltered from the social and sexual revolutions taking place in the far away urban centres. Through the dissemination of classic contemporary works of fiction such as Nabokov's Lolita and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, she stirs long buried feelings in the townsfolk and in particular in the reclusive Mr Brundish with whom she subsequently strikes up a deep bond. But her actions bring the wrath of the controlling, vengeful Violet Gamart, a local social doyenne who is jealously affronted by the changes our heroine has affected.


Emily Mortimer
as Florence Green
Bill Nighy
as Mr. Brundish
Patricia Clarkson
as Mrs. Gamart

Critic Reviews for The Bookshop

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

A fine, sensitive leading turn from Emily Mortimer helps shore up these quiet, lightly dust-covered proceedings, but can't quite put "The Bookshop" in the black.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.

November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The Catalan director [Isabel Coixet] tells the story, which takes place at the end of the '50s, without bombast, and with a sober, but romantic style. [Full review in Spanish]

April 17, 2018 | Full Review…

An elegant story, precise and overcoming, though at times also a bit obvious. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The director appeals to classicism with constant conversations between her characters, subtle dialogues and stagings that affect the tranquility of this time and space of this place... [Full Review in Spanish]

April 11, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Coixet's script is a long way off perfect, but it's the least of her problems; the second least is the film's dirge of a score, but even that's a bummer.

February 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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