Movie review by Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
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Inspiring British drama reflects on meaning of life.

PG-13 2022 102 minutes

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quiet British redemption

This is an elegant and very British film with a quietly redemptive ending, although the story is told slowly and with a vintage feel. Written by the same screenwriter as Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro), this is a film about being caught in the bureaucracy of government. The main character, played by Bill Nighy, is Rodney Williams, who is a government employee in London's in the 1950s. He is a paper pusher, and he makes sure that nothing ever really gets done. But when he gets a cancer diagnosis, his life changes, and he begins to act with kindness and purpose to the astonishment of his colleagues. This quiet redemptive arc is crafted with elegance and profanity. It shows us how “ what we do matters”, even if our actions are only ordinary kindnesses. Bill Nighy was nominated for best actor, for this quietly astonishing portrayal of caring.

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