Anti-clerical, pro-abortion & pro-gay pamphlet served by an excellent cast, but weakened by a convoluted and melodramatic script. So it does'nt look much better than a (good) TV movie. === Pamphet anticlérical, pro-avortement & pro-gay servi par un excellent casting, mais desservi par un scénario alambiqué et mélo. Du coup ça ne ressemble plus qu'à un (bon) téléfilm.
Every time I thought this film was going to crash and burn, whether it be a plot point or the way they handled delivering new information, they managed to get out of it. Judi Dench is great as well as Robbie Ryan's cinematography. It's a simple story, but I think the filmmakers handled the genre and character development very well.
It's obvious to say "thoroughly middle-brow, but Judi Dench is great," and yet: ""thoroughly middle-brow, but Judi Dench is great." It ends up conforming to the genre of human interest, with all the attendant misgivings Sixsmith has for the form. There's just not enough formal or tonal sophistication to mine those misgivings.