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Directed by Dustin Hoffman

UK, 2012

Cornerhouse, 5 January 2013


One of those Ronseal-type films: it gives you just what you expect, nothing more, nothing less.

A retirement home for musicians is all aflutter with expectation of a new arrival: Jean (Maggie Smith), one quarter of a gang that did va-va-vroom for Verdi back in the day.  Another quarter, Reggie (Tom Courtenay), was once, very briefly, her hubby.  It was the real thing, apparently, but it went awry.

Can romance blossom again in late sunset?  Will winter flowers grow again?  Such questions hardly require answering.  It is very finely done, mind.  Just take a look at the ingredients, director and actors all, there’s no doubting it’s a quality product.