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THE BOOKSHOP

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Set in 1959, Florence Green, a free spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the narrow minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day including Nabokov’s scandalising 'Lolita' and Ray Bradbury’s 'Fahrenheit 451', she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries.

Her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish who is himself sick of the town’s stale atmosphere. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs Gamart, Hardborough’s vengeful, embittered alpha female who is herself a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene. When Florence refuses to bend to Gamart’s will, they begin a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the very heart and soul of the town.

'THE BOOKSHOP' STORIES
The Bookshop - Faded and musty
THE BOOKSHOP
Faded and musty
There are a lot of ways to describe the overall tone of this film, like cloying, twee or simply very, very British. It’s a dull, ultra-genteel combination of all three.
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FAST FACTS
THEATRICAL RELEASE: 24/05/2018
RUN TIME: 1h 50m
CAST: Patricia Clarkson
Emily Mortimer
Bill Nighy
Honor Kneafsey
Hunter Tremayne
James Lance
Frances Barber
Reg Wilson
Michael Fitzgerald
Nigel O'Neill
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Isabel Coixet
PRODUCERS: Albert Sagalés
Adolfo Blanco
Jaume Banacolocha
Joan Bas
Chris Curling
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