Trina Lavery (Sarah Lancashire) returns home to Stoke after 20 years, to look after her ill mother. Trina learns that Bernard Cleve (Lorcan Cranitch) is also living in Stoke. Bernard was ...
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Paul Finchley is a bona fide "national treasure", one half of a popular, long-running comedy double act. However, the famous comedian's world is thrown into chaos when he is accused of historic sexual abuse.
In an English town, the choir master's personal musical ambition and crush for the new soprano drive him to blow up his marriage (with children) for her. Mother and son Kyle suddenly find ... See full summary »
Trina Lavery (Sarah Lancashire) returns home to Stoke after 20 years, to look after her ill mother. Trina learns that Bernard Cleve (Lorcan Cranitch) is also living in Stoke. Bernard was accused of killing Trinas best friend many years ago but was never convicted. Another girl is killed and Bernard is again a suspect. Trina thinks he is innocent but places herself in danger in trying to prove it.Written by
A great human drama - not essentially a "whodunnit"
This is a thinking person's movie. If you enjoy a good character study and depiction of human behaviour under pressure, then this is the movie for you. If you want to "follow the clues" and work out whodunnit, there are very few clues and so this probably isn't the movie for you. Whodunnit is, of course revealed, but I think perhaps more to make the movie complete than to further the plot.
The character of Bernard Cleve is beautifully acted (as in fact all the characters are). He is an interesting and complex character. In fact, despite his own predicament he shows amazing sensitivity for others.
The dynamics between other characters are also telling. For example, the way that some people will remain firm in their own opinions, even if they suspect they are wrong. And for what? Perhaps to "not rock the boat", and yet their boat is ultimately rocked.
For me this is not a movie to watch on TV but on a video, DVD or MP4 so you can frequently replay parts. You will need to because some of the dialogue is incredibly difficult to make out (it almost seems that there is no training these days that requires actors to speak intelligibly). Another reason is that there is much flicking back and forward in time and it becomes quite difficult to work out what is happening, who is married to who and whose children are who. These are my only criticisms of what is otherwise a great movie.
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