Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1998. Distant Horizon, BBC Films. Screenplay by Richard Hawkins. Cinematography by Ivan Strasburg. Produced by Ruth Caleb, Anant Singh, Helena Spring. Music by Rolfe Kent. Production Design by Melanie Allen. Costume Design by Dinah Collin. Film Editing by Mark Day. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
Kenneth Branagh plays an inventor of sorts who obsesses over creating a uniquely designed aircraft. When he flies one of his prototypes off a public service building and creates some damage, the court assigns him to community service in order make up for the destruction he has caused. His new temporary role leads him to the doorstep of Helena Bonham Carter as a young woman suffering from motor neuron disease, and the film concentrates on the rewarding friendship that eventually follows. Avoiding many of the cliches of this kind of weepy drama, the film is funny and biting, followed by a truly moving finale.