Bill Nighy stars alongside Sam Riley and Alice Lowe in
Bill Nighy stars alongside Sam Riley and Alice Lowe in this witty, beguiling, very English comedy-drama.
Sharp of both suit and vocabulary, Nighy is winningly deadpan as Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship. Working from veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s excellent script, director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate. With Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny and Alexei Sayle.
2018 | UK
“The veteran actor shines as an ageing word wizard searching for his estranged son in Carl Hunter’s kind-hearted debut”
★★★★ The Guardian