Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - Di­rected by: Is­abel Coixet Emily Mor­timer, Bill Nighy, Pa­tri­cia Clark­son May 24 Ju­lian Wright

BOOKLOVERS re­joice, as this warm film cel­e­brates all things lit­er­a­ture and the positive im­pact it can have on peo­ple.

In the late 1950s, timid wi­dow Florence Green (Emily Mor­timer) with a love for books de­cides to open a bookshop in the sleepy sea­side town of Hard­bor­ough, Eng­land.

Her cho­sen lo­ca­tion for the shop is a damp old building that has been empty for years and des­per­ate for a makeover.

She en­lists help in the af­ter­noons from feisty teenager Chris­tine (Honor Kneaf­sey), be­friends recluse book­worm Edmund Brundish (Bill Nighy) and stocks the lat­est con­tro­ver­sial book in lit­er­ary cir­cles, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

Florence, how­ever, meets re­sis­tance from rich and pow­er­ful so­cialite Vi­o­let Ga­mart (Pa­tri­cia Clark­son), who has other plans for the space – an art gallery – and who schemes to have her ri­val evicted.

The Bookshop cap­tures a nos­tal­gia about books and book­shops; even though hard­cov­ers still ex­ist, this love let­ter to the form in a time of Kin­dles acts like The Bookshop (M) ★★★½


In cin­e­mas: Re­view by: a mo­men­tary trip down mem­ory lane.

When Florence paces the shelves, gen­tly run­ning her fin­gers over the book spines, we are trans­ported im­me­di­ately back to those hid­den, musty shops where we have found the odd for­got­ten gem that we have curled up on the couch with.

While be­ing a love let­ter to lit­er­a­ture, there is a plot and char­ac­ters fleshed out to keep the au­di­ence in­trigued.

Though drama and con­flict boils in this slowly paced film, this is pos­si­bly the most po­lite way it could be han­dled; un­der the di­rec­tion of Spa­niard Is­abel Coixet, it avoids melo­dra­matic the­atrics.

There is barely a blip, dra­mat­i­cally speak­ing, in this film’s al­ready very re­laxed heart­beat.

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