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Afternoon Off

Six Plays by Alan Bennett: Afternoon Off

Directed by Stephen Frears
United Kingdom, 1979
Drama, TV Movie


A Chinese waiter in a British seaside resort has time off from his restaurant and sets off to find a girl he wants to date. Armed with a box of chcolates he encounters many British types along the way.

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Afternoon Off Directed by Stephen Frears

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  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Afternoon Off

    An amusingly scripted attack on racial and cultural prejudice that wears its steel lightly. Being Bennett, the exposition is the thing with an expected gallery of gossiping shop workers, snobbish middle classes and dourly knowing workmen. The expected denouement is made sadder by the passive quality of Man's performance, like a canvas upon which all other characters heap disdain, suspicion or weary dismissal.

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