The Bookshop

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date:
August 24, 2018 (limited)
August 31, 2018 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 3.83
based on 12 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey


In 1959 England, in a beautiful coastal town, widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) is ecstatic when she opens her own book store, named The Old House Bookshop. Because the shop is located in a heritage building, Florence runs into opposition from some of the locals, including the powerful Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), who believes the building should have been turned into an arts center, not a store that offers works such as Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita.

However, Florence earns the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy), who's thrilled that the town finally has a bookshop. As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel.

Director: Isabel Coixet
Studio: MK2 | Mile End
Producer(s): Chris Curling, Jaume Banacolocha, Joan Bas, Adolfo Blanco
Screenplay: Isabel Coixet
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  • 5 stars "An excellent study of character and the impressions we give to children. Acting was very good, Bill Nighy, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson. The whole cast was very good."
  • 4 stars ""The Bookshop" is a very sensitive and touching British film with excellent performances by Bill Nighy and Emily Mortimer. It is so refreshing to see a dramatic film totally void of special effects, loud noise and juvenile humor. The Brits are making great films while Hollywood is going overboard with comic book films,.lousy scripts and lazy acting. Go see this one!"
  • 3 stars "One word. Dull."