The Bookshop (PG)

Emily Mortimer rebels through books
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Emily Mortimer stars as a determined woman fighting against the poverty of imagination in a small Norfolk town, as she opens a bookshop, bringing new ideas to a closed-off place.

Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself. Her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy) who is himself sick of the town's stale atmosphere.

But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), Harborough's vengeful, embittered alpha female who is a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene.

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of the same name, this is a rallying call for the power of knowledge to overcome closed-minded existence.

UK/Spain/Germany 2018 Dir Isabel Coixet 113 min

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, and/or written by a woman.

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