The Dame gives this lady a van-tas­tic por­trayal

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - FILM BRIGIT GRANT

(12A) fi­bre of her be­ing to play the dif­fi­cult old lady who lost her way in life. Hav­ing Alex Jen­nings ex­pertly play two ver­sions of Alan Ben­nett (the writer and the real man) is an in­spired con­ceit that con­veys the way writ­ers talk to them­selves and al­lows Alan to sharply ob­serve him­self. Miss Shep- herd proved to be an in­spi­ra­tion for the au­thor who cred­its his pe­cu­liar squat­ter with teach­ing him to “not just put your­self into what you write, but to find your­self there.” It’s a valu­able les­son for all scribes in a film that I could wax lyri­cal about for­ever, but a thank-you will prob­a­bly suf­fice.

Witty: Alex Jen­nings and Mag­gie Smith in

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