Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.
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A superb cast, a great script, and the end result is a sublime mix of reincarnation, pets and how they view their masters, and how grief can hit people long after they appear to have washed their hands of it.
What a delightfully charming little tale. The premise seemed a little preposterous at first but the mannered eccentricity of the characters kept the plot plodding along then somehow, totally blindsided as to how it happened - it became profoundly poignant. How did that happen? What a surprise!
Something I definitely didn't expect from this movie was to get such a captivating, moving insight into the mind of... a dog. Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill are simply majestic, in a movie in which not one performance is unremarkable. What a delight. Had me quietly tearing on a train from Victoria to Sutton.
This may be a poignant take on father/son relationships, but where would they be without Mrs Brimley? And why doesn't Judy Parfitt feature in the picture credits above, along with Art Malik who set the ball rolling?