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Radiator (2014)

Radiator will have its British Premiere 58th London Film Festival on 15th October 2014 and features the oldest, oddest couple by a very long chalk. It is a darkly comic examination of family life, marriage, age and love.


Tom Browne


Tom Browne (original screenplay), Daniel Cerqueira (original screenplay)
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Cerqueira Daniel Cerqueira ... Daniel
Richard Johnson ... Leonard
Gemma Jones ... Maria
Monty Monty ... Captain the Dog
Julia Ford ... Jean
Emma Rydal ... Nurse
Frankie Browne Frankie Browne ... Charlie
Aicha Kossoko Aicha Kossoko ... French Teacher
Adam Beeston Adam Beeston ... Shepherd
Claire Whiteley Claire Whiteley ... Woman in Wine Bar
Lara Havelock Lara Havelock ... Woman in Wine Bar
Genevieve Stevens Genevieve Stevens ... Woman in Wine Bar
Jess Gormley Jess Gormley ... Woman in Wine Bar
Katia Smith Katia Smith ... Schoolgirl 1
Erin Dawson Erin Dawson ... Schoolgirl 2


Daniel receives a call from his elderly mother; his father Leonard, has got stuck on the sofa. He travels to their remote farm to discover that they have fallen over the edge of eccentricity into outright squalor. With a only few days free from work Daniel tries to help but his parents are unable to adapt to their new circumstances. Maria continues with her gloriously impractical style. Leonard uses his professional skills as psychiatrist to thwart Daniel. Maria dies suddenly. Leonard is forced to leave the family home. Daniel returns to London with a freedom that his parents had lost.

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A stunning, beautiful, heartbreaking film. A profound study of how time changes parents into children and children into parents. Full of truth, compassion and dignity


Comedy | Drama



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English | French

Release Date:

27 November 2015 (UK) See more »

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Turnchapel Films See more »
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This was Richard Johnson's final film before his death on June 6, 2015. See more »


Beethoven's String Quartet No.15 in A minor Op.132, Movement III Molto Adagio
By Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Alban Berg Quartett 1993
Licensed courtesy of Warner Classics UK Ltd
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Beautiful, sensitive and strangely uplifting film with moments of rich dark comedy
12 March 2015 | by fletchkatieSee all my reviews

A film about dementia risks being bleak and depressing, but the rich, dark comedy and the beauty of the landscape, which forms an integral part of this film's fabric, make it strangely uplifting - a homage to the importance and joy of finding humour even in life's bleakest moments. This stunning film is an original, darkly comic portrait of an elderly couple and their son. The intimacy of the film and the sensitivity with which it deals with dementia and its fallout are testament to the deeply autobiographical nature of the film for its director and script-writer, Tom Browne. The setting, on the edge of the Lake District, in a ramshackle old house, perfectly draws together the threads of the story. Oscar-worthy performances (were this film ever to receive the plaudits it deserves) from the 3 main actors, some short, perfectly interposed cameos from mice and spectacular cinematography combine to make this the best film I have seen for some time. Watch and enjoy.

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