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Sometimes Always Never | Hayle Film Club

Jul 13 , 2019 - Sat - 7:30 pm
Saturday 13th July it's back to comedy-drama with the very quirky SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER starring the always dependable Bill Nighy as a dapper tailor searching for his missing son Michael who fled 10 years earlier --over a game of Scrabble. If you enjoy the gentle, stylised films of Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom et al), then this one's for you: offbeat yet very English.

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2018 | UK | Comedy-Drama | Directed by Carl Hunter. Starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny. 91 min. Rated 12A.

This is an offbeat, quirky, deadpan and stylised comedy-drama comparable to the films of Wes Anderson (Moonlight Kingdom, The Grand Budapest HotelThe Royal Tenenbaums et al).

Alan (Bill Nighy) has two passions: making suits and playing Scrabble. He has two sons, but Michael went missing 10 years ago, storming out after a particularly acrimonious Scrabble session. Alan and his other son, Peter (Sam Riley), are on a quest to find Michael, and suspect a mysterious online Scrabble master holds the key to Michael’s fate. But it’s Alan’s relationship with Peter that he must repair, so that the family can finally move on.

Carl Hunter’s debut film, based on Frank Cottrell Boyce’s powerfully tragicomic script, boasts a wonderful supporting cast and explores family rifts alongside sharp wordplay and even sharper gentlemen’s attire.

“The film positively twinkles with insouciance, and is performed with aplomb, particularly by Bill Nighy, who brings a droll sprightliness and deadpan wit to the lead part, but shows how these mannerisms mask emotional pain.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★

This delightfully offbeat British movie . . . has a surprisingly light touch and manages to be emotionally moving without being overwrought.” – Wenlei Ma, ★★★★