A real understated gem of a film. Forsyth utilizes pretty much a cast of unknowns and creates an amazing engrossing atmosphere that transplants you to the rural life of royal British isles. Lancaster delivers a great late career performance as the Happer, his obsession with astronomy a cool character detail. A great early 80s, sadly mostly forgotten film. 4 stars
This was the first film I immediately started rewatching after it was finished. It is slow and comfortable at first, building and revealing but when it has drawn you in, any human with a wandering heart should feel captivated. Truly one of the best films I have ever seen.
A naive and simple programmatic tale. You see it all coming after 10 minutes : humanity vs money (or here, true-hearted-fisherman-that-can-look-at-the-stars vs lonely-sad-rich-guy-with-a-Porsche). Forsyth won't spare you a few cliches but in the end, "local hero" is modest and touching enough to make you book a flight to Scotland.
Forsyth's take on the british "villiage comedy" is a quaint, fun little flim. Never gets lost in sentimentality or over-characterization. Does lack a little spark but enjoyable nonetheless. Does feel very much a product of its time period however. Riegert not bad, Lancaster well cast and Jenny Seagrove quite good as the hotelier's wife.
Brilliant comedy which never goes into whimsy and is full of great performances. Packed full of memorable scenes from Reigert sitting in a fog bound car with Peter Capaldi and going to the dance at the village hall and seeing the Northen Lights. Even though the film was made in the 80s it still feels fresh today a real Brit classic