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STRAND GALAS 19 LAUGH GALA IN ASSOCIATION WITH EMPIRE FRI 6 SAT 7 THU 12 17:30 EMBANKMENT 11:30 EMBANKMENT 20:45 CINÉ LUMIÈRE Dustin Hoffman plays an irascible septuagenarian patriarch in Noah Baumbach’s stingingly funny comedy about a screwed-up New York family. To suggest that sculptor Harold Meyerowitz (Hoffman) is a model father would be pushing it. His adult children, like his artistic career, have not exactly met his expectations, but he has succeeded in selling them a rather delusional version of his own achievements. His eldest son Danny (Adam Sandler) is schlumping through life, still noodling original compositions on the family piano while his daughter Jean (Elizabeth Marvel) seems to have made a singular profession of receding into the background. Only Matthew (Ben Stiller), a high-octane West Coast money-man has acquired the trappings of success, but not the kind favoured by Harold and his boozeaddled bohemian fourth wife Maureen (Emma Thompson). It’s dysfunction as usual until a swift blow to the head puts Harold in hospital and everyone has to take stock. The stellar cast are uniformly excellent, clearly relishing the rippling dialogue and vivid character studies. Through the madcap antics of this neurotic, failure-obsessed clan, Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, When We Were Young) slyly surfaces bigger questions about how to value family and the meaning of success. Clare Stewart Dir-Scr Noah Baumbach. Prod Scott Rudin, Noah Baumbach, Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush. With Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Emma Thompson. USA 2017. 110min. UK Distribution Netflix ON CHESIL BEACH Dir Dominic Cooke. Prod Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley. Scr Ian McEwan. With Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough, Billy Howle. UK 2017. 105min. UK Distribution Lionsgate THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED) SUN 8 TUE 10 SUN 15 17:30 EMBANKMENT 14:30 EMBANKMENT 15:30 MAYFAIR In the early 1960s, a young couple on their honeymoon struggle to physically connect in this sensitive adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed short novel. As Florence and Edward settle down for their first dinner as a married couple, a nervous energy fills the air. But while it might appear the fledgling husband and wife are suffering from wedding night jitters, as the evening unfolds it becomes apparent something else is creating a divide. Awkwardly grasping for the connection they know they share, the pair recall moments from their lives, both together and apart, as the inevitability of physical intimacy looms ever-closer. Impeccably adapted for the screen by McEwan himself, Dominic Cooke’s quietly heart-breaking debut is a work of subtle restraint, capturing the intricacies of the source material with grace and delicacy. As ever, Saoirse Ronan shines as the hesitant young bride, ably supported by rising star Billy Howle, both of whom express so much, even when their characters struggle to find the words. And indeed, for a film in which many emotions remain unspoken, and countless feelings are left unsaid, this melancholic love story speaks profoundly about the fragility of human relationships and the destructive nature of silence. Michael Blyth LFF Connects: Ian McEwan p109 LOVE GALA BRITISH


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