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Mainstream Cinema – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

7 November 2023: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

£7.00
2023 – Certificate 12A

– The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry –

Mainstream Feature Film

Harold Fry (Jim Broadbent) is an unremarkable retiree whose uneventful marriage to Margaret (Penelope Wilton) is blighted by a conflict relating to their absent son.  When Harold learns that an old friend, Queenie, is terminally ill he is dis-satisfied with trying to express his feelings in a letter of condolence.  Instead of sending it he decides in a spontaneous and secular act of faith that if he walks from his home in Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed, where Queenie is receiving palliative care in a hospice, he can save her life – leaving his wife hurt and confused by her husband’s abandonment. 

During his long walk he encounters acts of kindness and also comes to terms with troubling past events, taking on a beatific lightness, and the simple nature of his quest draws followers who hope to find answers to their own sorrows by joining this scraggly south coast Jesus.

The story of this walk is taken from the popular, critically acclaimed and multi-award winning, sad and quirky book by Rachel Joyce who also wrote the screenplay for this film by Hettie Macdonald (director of TV’s Normal People).  Film critics were divided about the film between those effectively regarding it as a British modern fable and those who found it marred by implausibility.  Praise for the acting was, however, pretty well universal.

Running Time 104 mins

Ratings Info 3-4 Stars

Director(s) Hettie Macdonald

Cast includes Jim Broadbent, Penelope Wilton, Earl Cave

 

The Guardian

Initially, this autumn-years road movie, which was adapted by Rachel Joyce from her own novel, chugs along amiably, a cosily familiar tale of British eccentricity. But…………This politely unassuming little film builds into a wrenching examination of grief, guilt and eventual closure.

iNews

The script, written by Joyce herself, is sparse, relying on its actors to do the heavy lifting. ……….. He is confused, determined, hopeful. Such terrific acting, with longing and desperation in every glance.

The Director was behind the breakout pandemic success “Normal People” and she applies a similar straightforwardness here. This is not a typical boomer tearjerker, but something more quietly profound.

Cineuropa

it would be natural to expect a light-hearted, nostalgia-tinged journey through the beautiful British countryside. ……..,Hettie Macdonald’s film does fit that description to a degree, but it ……….is a surprisingly frank look at a certain British way of life, polite and unassuming but hiding debilitating levels of repression, a harsh reality that Harold’s momentum can only partially conceal.

Little White Lies

Broadbent, however, opts for unsentimental expressive choices, and so tethers swollen motives to the ground.  He has the intelligence to pull against the material, secure in the knowledge that love, grief and an inability to forgive oneself are embedded in the material and will seep out in tiny, heartrending doses.

Matching him in every dimension is Penelope Wilton ……… Above all else, this is a showcase for two phenomenal actors whose relationship holds both decades of recriminations and pockets of love.

How to book

Advance booking and payment to reserve places is politely requested. Tickets are £7.

Online booking and payment can be made by clicking below.

 

Cash payment can be made by depositing cash at 6 Teeton Road, Ravensthorpe, NN6 8EJ in an envelope marked with your name and the film. To confirm that you will be paying by cash please:

  • email cinema@rvhall.online  
  • or telephone Mike & Mo Cobbe on 01604 328822

Details

Date:
7 November 2023
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
£7.00
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Venue

Ravensthorpe Village Hall
Northampton, United Kingdom + Google Map