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The Sense of an Ending (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 10 March 2017 (USA)
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A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

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Ritesh Batra

Writers:

Julian Barnes (novel), Nick Payne (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Tony Webster
Charlotte Rampling ... Veronica Ford
Harriet Walter ... Margaret Webster
Michelle Dockery ... Susie Webster
Matthew Goode ... Mr. Hunt
Emily Mortimer ... Sarah Ford
James Wilby ... David Ford
Edward Holcroft ... Jack Ford
Billy Howle ... Young Tony
Freya Mavor ... Young Veronica
Joe Alwyn ... Adrian Finn
Peter Wight ... Colin Simpson
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Alex Stuart
Jack Loxton Jack Loxton ... Young Colin Simpson
Timothy Innes ... Young Alex Stuart
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Storyline

Divorced and retired, Tony Webster, an aging Londoner and vintage camera shop owner, whittles down the solitude of his isolated existence by keeping an affectionate relationship with his ex-wife, Margaret, and by accompanying his nearly full-term pregnant daughter, Susie, to antenatal courses. However, the unexpected arrival of an unsettling letter will disrupt the fine balance of things in Tony's orderly life, reconnecting him with his first love from college, Veronica, and the nostalgic, yet clouded memories of a distant past. Inevitably, as Tony scavenges for bits and pieces through flashbacks, the out-of-focus picture of his youth will gradually sharpen, nevertheless, is he ready to face the truth? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Unravel the Truth.

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Drama | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, a violent image, sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sentido do Fim See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,692, 12 March 2017

Gross USA:

$1,274,420

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,081,495
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, and Edward Holcroft all appear together in BBC's miniseries London Spy (2015). See more »

Goofs

Young Tony affixes a 'first-class' stamp to his fateful letter, sent in 1967. This sort of stamp was not produced for another 26 years (in 1993). See more »

Quotes

[Voice over]
Tony Webster: I, who neither won nor lost. Who avoided being hurt and called it a capacity for survival.
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Connections

Referenced in Adelaide's Silver Screens (2017) See more »

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Psychotic Reaction
Written by Sean Byrne (as J. Byrne) / John Michalski (as J. Michalski) / Craig Atkinson (as C. Atkinson) / Ken Ellner (as K. Ellner) / Roy Chaney' (as R. Chaney)
Performed by Count Five
Published by Bucks Music Group Ltd / The Bicycle Music Company
Licensed courtesy of The Bicycle Music Company
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An original adaptation of a challenging novel
19 April 2017 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novella by Julian Barnes (which I have read), inevitably this film adaptation is different from the original work. The structure of the book was a section of the (unreliable) narrator's time at school and university followed by the present day coming to terms with revelations of that earlier period. The film is set in the present with lots of flash-backs to the past and that works well.

More questionably, the movie version of "The Sense Of An Ending" has a different ending which is not that of the author Julian Barnes or even that of the scriptwriter, the playwright Nick Payne, but essentially that of the director, Indian film-maker Ritesh Batra (who made the delightful work "The Lunchbox"). The film offers us a conclusion which is more definitive and more upbeat that the novel but that is perhaps the nature of this different medium.

"The Sense Of An Ending" is slow and serious but not all films can be "Fast And Furious". The pacing allows the viewer to admire the wonderful acting, primarily from Jim Broadbent as the narrator, retired and divorced Tony Webster, but also from some fine actresses, notably Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter and Emily Mortimer, plus some new young actors.

Like the source novel, this film is a challenging and moving examination of the malleability of memory. As Tony puts it: 'How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts?' How often indeed ...


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