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Plot: Children's author Stephen Lewis is shopping with 4-year old daughter Kate when she suddenly disappears. Failure to find her puts a strain on his marriage, his wife Julie leaving to live in a seaside village, though Stephen regularly visits her. Stephen continues to write but is asked by the prime… Runtime: 82 min Release Date: 01 Apr 2018
This excellent production had a real feel of a high quality indie movie. Cumberbatch was outstanding as the desperate Stephen Lewis who for a split second takes his attention away from his beloved little girl, an action which is at the heart of this beautiful and yet painful story. And yet the story is also uplifting, and at times there are touches of real life humour as well. The relationship between Stephen and his estranged wife Julie is so real on screen. You can easily believe these two deeply love each other despite their difficulties that they face. Everything about this film is <more>
moving, thoughtful and filled with genuine emotions. And bravo for Cumberbatch's company SunnyMarch for for taking such cerebral material and turning it into a beautiful and moving film! Kudos all round to all involved in bring this to life.
Anything BUT trite and mediocre or superficial--totally drawn in. (by rjoygordon-74717)
I admit I was afraid to watch this. I don't like formulaic movies with predictable characters and storylines. But, as a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, I decided to trust in its worth. I was not disappointed. As a mother of 5 children, having lost one, I was a little on guard and told myself in advance of viewing--don't buy into anything... don't feel... don't fall apart. I was somewhat stoic but as the film progressed and I became attached to the main characters, instead of it causing MY pain of MY loss to well up, instead I felt the whole gamut of emotions of the <more>
characters, so realistically and unashamedly and believably portrayed. Don't try to text or work on your computer or do any distracting tasks--you will miss the astonishing beauty of the cinematography and the subtle nuances of the characters and settings--there are several scenes without audible words but these may speak even more loudly.
So surprised at the negative reviews, but certainly art is always a matter of personal taste. I found the story beautifully done, loved the characters and appreciated the various ways the title was interpreted in the intersecting storylines. I truly enjoyed everything about this film.
Very beautifully written and performed (by melodygloriez)
I love this movie; it is very beautifully written and performed. The music is my favorite part, really enjoy listening to it smooth in and out as the plot unfolds. Benedict's acting is as amazing as always, especially in the scene when he realised he mistook someone else's daughter as Kate, that kind of melancholy and heart-broken. I can't understand Charlie's part very well but I guess it is indicating that everyone has a child in their heart that they are searching for and love. I hope I can get more insights from the original book. :
Beautiful and gentle (by kilimad-00787)
I hear that Ian McEwan's books don't translate well to the screen. For me this is the first experience of such a translation and I can only say that I am glad I had not read the book, for the film is so well acted without trite cliches and with such gentleness and intelligence that I unhesitatingly recommend it.
Loved It (by prylands-389-567480)
I am surprised at the negative reviews for this work. I thought it was a wonderfully gentle film which explored the ineffable sadness of loss - of a friend, of childhood and of a child. This is about what happens after the crying and shouting has stopped. Life goes on regardless - something most of us have to face at some point. When you doubt your own belief and hope and when ghosts haunt your waking days... this is a film about losing a grip on what is 'normal'.I found this film very moving - I did not expect any resolution or for everything to be tied up neatly at the end. Instead <more>
we are given a glimpse of adults fighting off despair and trying to find some sense and meaning. It was very well written, accompanied by some beautiful music and filled with excellent camera work. The best TV film I have seen for some while.
Slightly put off by the abrupt ending. Otherwise, a very powerful watch. (by Avwillfan89)
The subject matter of the film is not an easy one. Cumberbatch plays a father, Stephen, who's daughter goes missing in a supermarket and is literally never seen again. Subsequently, his marriage breaks down and his wife Julie Kelly MacDonald leaves him to retire to a cottage near the sea. At the same time, Charles, his best friend and publisher also retires to the country and regresses into a child-like state. Cumberbatch is magical in this TV adaptation. Playing a normal, every day man, I have to say it's such a lovely change from the usual characters he plays. He has that amazing <more>
ability to portray someone who has the weight of the world on his shoulders - and I just love watching the hell out of him.There is a particularly agonizing scene in which Stephen believes he has spotted his daughter amongst a crowd of school children - only to get it wrong. After being assured that the girl isn't his daughter, he breaks down in tears in the teacher's office. There are few complaints that I have: one being that the plot was a little jagged in edges, focusing on Stephen's grief and shifting to the decline of his friend's mental health.The ending is the biggest problem for me. It is a happy one, with Julie surprisingly giving birth to a son - a new life for the two of them, but then it just cut away. Being such a positive moment, it should have lingered a little more on it. It felt like giant speed bump in an otherwise smooth ride.Overall, it's a pretty taxing to watch at times - but the magnificent performances make it worthwhile.
Both leads did an incredible job as the anguished parents of a missing child. Their story was mixed with the very interesting and bizarre story of a brilliant friend who, because of mental illness, reverted back to his own childhood. This was mixed throughout the movie with BC's struggle to forgive himself and grieve over his loss. Don't miss a minute of this film!