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The Remains of the Day

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic period drama tackles issues of gender and class.

Movie PG 1993 134 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Come for the period piece stay for the complex Nazi storylines...

Only in rule-bound life of servitude 1930s England would a romance between Hopkins and Thompson be convincing...and it is! The level of suffocation they each exude makes me want to open a window! They are complex people in a world that is changing faster than they are. Kudos for revealing Nazi sympathy as a complex mindset that eventually implodes in on itself.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

A stellar cast -- led by Hopkins and Thompson -- delivers a masterfully restrained story that resonates with human themes and historical significance. Much of this may be lost on younger viewers, but, even on its surface, The Remains of the Day is deftly acted and unfolds to show both the horror of WWII in a nongraphic way and how rigid power structures and working conditions cause people to act in a way they later regret.

The characters are all sympathetic, even when they're in conflict with one another -- their humanity and goodwill toward each other is what drives the story forward, rather than a specific "goal" that needs to be achieved. This is a study of the resolution of a relationship between two former colleagues who are unsure about how to act on their feelings for each other. It's a timeless tale with a nostalgic rather than depressing tone. Fans of Downton Abbey will find much to enjoy in this British classic.

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