Wednesday, June 25, 2008



Mathew Beard: 16 or 17-year-old Blake Morrison
Jim Broadbent: his father Arthur, a general practitioner
Juliet Stevenson: his mother Kim, also a physician
Colin Firth: the adult Blake
Gina McKee: Blake’s wife Kathy
Bradley Johnson: 7 or 8-year-old Blake
Sarah Lancashire: Blake’s Aunt Beaty
Claire Skinner: Blake’s sister Gillian
Elaine Cassidy: Sandra, the family's Scottish maid

Using flashbacks that are more than mere snippets of memory is an effective way to develop this story of the relationship between a father and son. The acting is uniformly good but the teenage Blake stands out above the rest. He really nailed it.

The time frame covers the period from Blake’s childhood right up to when he is a published author. Consequently the makeup department had quiet a challenge to age Blake’s parents and his aunt over a span of four decades. They were up to it.

Great attention to detail by the Production Design group is evident in making sure the props and costumes are right for the time-period, even to the point of having the correct expiry date (Dec. ’62) on the decal affixed to the car’s windshield.

By the way, just ignore the title: it makes no sense since the question posed is never really answered. Besides it’s far to long and unwieldy so will never fit within the limited space of movie marquees of today.

for sexual content, thematic material and brief strong language.

Many scenes include a mirror image of the actor. Perhaps that was meant to convey the fact the actor is a mirror image of someone or maybe what he is saying\doing mirrors someone? Never did figure out the significance of this framing technique.

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