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The Bookshop

  • Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
  • Director: Isabel Coixet
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 113 min.

England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?

"Those who love books, picturesque English villages and getting lost in actors’ faces should be very happy."
- Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"The Bookshop is an exquisitely understated tragicomedy. "
- Simi Horwitz, Film Journal International
"Coixet has a lyrical sense of place, and she has made a charming, well-acted adaptation that ably conjures visual pleasure out of the written word."
- Ella Taylor, NPR
"it's beautifully evocative of the musty, inviting smell of a bookshop on a cool day, or of the nostalgic pleasure of old photographs."
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting. "
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
"Wistful but never sentimental, it quietly turns the fortunes of one little store into a comment on the fate of many."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Mostly, The Bookshop is a pretext to watch three great actors do their thing: Mortimer, as the film’s mousy but surprisingly formidable heroine; Clarkson, as her smiling adversary, Violet Gamart; and Bill Nighy, as the town’s reclusive loner — and its only voracious reader — Mr. Brundish, who comes to Florence’s aid and advocacy. "
- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post