Di­rected by Ritesh Ba­tra. Star­ring Jim Broadbent, Char­lotte Ram­pling, Har­riet Wal­ter, Michelle Dock­ery, Matthew Goode

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Broadbent plays an ag­ing grump un­cov­er­ing se­crets from 40 years ear­lier af­ter inheriting the diary of a long-dis­eased friend. Nick Payne’s fine screen­play - though largely faith­ful - tweaks Ju­lian Barnes’s source novel with great cun­ning. The plot is less am­bigu­ous. The pro­tag­o­nist is less rep­re­hen­si­ble at the begin­ning and comes closer to re­demp­tion at the close. The changes suit the demands of main­stream cin­ema and the warm aes­thetic Ba­tra ex­hib­ited in his fine The Lunch­box. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 108 min

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