Aided by a young and mysterious apprentice, an antique furniture restorer struggles to keep his workshop alive, while his relationship with his own estranged son, who is trying to close down the shop, begins to disintegrate.
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I'd expected good things from this tale of family and tradition set within an ailing furniture restoration business. Unfortunately it suffers from a ridiculous relationship arc between the newcomer and the heavily pregnant daughter in law. The plot is the well trodden tradition vs change without adding anything new and the acting whilst passable edges on that of caricature. 2.5 stars
Fine performances all around. The story and relationships develop (or are revealed) naturally and unhurriedly until, apparently, the desired film length had been reached so a few threads of the tapestry are tied off and we call it good. Not a bad film, though. The end isn't disappointing as much as it seems just another step a story we'll be returning to.