Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1997. Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Fine Line Features, Pressman-Lipper Productions, Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund. Screenplay by Sharman Macdonald, Alan Rickman, based on the play by Sharman Macdonald. Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey. Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, Ken Lipper, Edward R. Pressman. Music by Michael Kamen. Production Design by Robin Cameron Don. Costume Design by Joan Bergin. Film Editing by Scott Thomas.
Dour film concerning the lives of various residents of a tiny Scottish hamlet. The main focus of the story is the difficult relationship between an estranged daughter and mother (Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law, real-life daughter and mother). Gary Hollywood is a stand-out as Thompson’s emotionally conflicted son, and the actors in smaller roles (Sandra Voe particularly) are exceptional, but Rickman’s direction is lifeless and stilted.
Venice Film Festival: In Competition