- 113 minutes
Directed by: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Bill Nighy, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey
An adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, The Bookshop tells the story of Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), who after losing her husband decides to open a bookshop in the seaside town of Hardborough. Set in 1959, the townsfolk are understandably isolated and unaware of the wealth of literature on offer, so when Florence exposes them to new and exciting books, they in turn are exposed to new and exciting ideas, inspiring a mini-social revolution of sorts among the town.
As with any change, there comes opposition in the form of envious rival shopkeepers and Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson) who considers herself to be the town’s authority on the arts. Of course, Florence also has her supporters, none more loyal than newfound kindred spirit Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy), who like Florence seeks to expand the cultural and social horizons of the townsfolk of Hardborough. Threatened by Florence’s influence on the town, Mrs. Gamart seeks to open her own arts centre, in place of the bookshop. When Florence refuses they fight not only over the bookshop, but for the hearts and minds of the town.
"Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting" - Hollywood Reporter