Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom/France, 2001. Overseas FilmGroup, Isle of Man Film Commission, Film Council, October Productions, British Screen Productions, British Sky Broadcasting, MP Productions, Martin Pope Productions, Isle of Man Film. Screenplay by Neil Hunter, Tom Hunsinger. Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt. Produced by Martin Pope. Music by Adrian Johnston. Production Design by Lynne Whiteread. Costume Design by Linda Alderson. Film Editing by Scott Thomas.
Various characters interact in this unimpressive but not terrible British melodrama. After the death of a local restaurateur, his boyfriend (Tom Hollander) takes comfort in the arms of a woman, his best friend returns home for the funeral and finds romance of his own, and his sister tries to decide what to do with the money the deceased left behind. Even though she’s not legally obliged, she feels her late brother’s boyfriend deserves the money considering they were life partners; her husband (Bill Nighy) feels quite the opposite. Told from three different points of view, this film features terrific acting (especially a Simone Signoret-like turn from the lovely Clémentine Célarié) but the story generates very little interest from the viewer.