Sometimes, Always, Never

PG 95 mins

About the film

Director: Carl Hunter
Actors: Bill Nighy, Jenny Agutter, Alice Lowe, Sam Riley
Able to blend charming gruffness and winning affability with just the raise of an eyebrow, Bill Nighy has long proven himself one of Britain’s best character actors, and now he stars alongside Sam Riley and Alice Lowe in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a tailor searching for a lost son.

Bill Nighy is exquisite as Alan, a well-dressed suit tailor and Scrabble aficionado searching for his missing son Michael. Begrudgingly joining him on his journey is Alan’s other son Peter (Sam Riley), who is resentful and jealous of the attention Alan pays to the memory of Michael. The tale follows the pair as they chase up clues that could lead to Michael and ultimately end up living together with the mystery hanging over their heads.

The film is a wonderful character study of a family dealing with loss. Particularly interesting are the far-reaching ramifications of Michaels disappearance. It is shown to have long-lasting impacts not only on his father and brother, but on his brother’s wife and son, this son’s friend and a couple Alan both befriends and angers. The tendrils of loss touch three generations of Michael’s family, some of whom are ensnared and all of whom are affected.

Working from a witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Liverpudlian director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: BFI London Film Festival 2018

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