We Bought a Zoo
A widowed father played by Matt Damon moves to the South Californian country and purchases a zoo with his family
On Film4: 6 Sep 6:25PM
Antony Hopkins stars in this definite Merchant-Ivory film, adpated from the novel about class, love and repression by Kazuo Ishiguro
Merchant-Ivory's best film by a mile. Indeed only a couple more came close to the subtlety of Jhabvala's intelligent and moving adaptation of the fine novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in an English country house just before the Second World War, The Remains Of The Day is an intricate, forceful dissection of class, and its class strictures and strata as seen in the household.
And while dispensing superlatives let's hear it for Hopkins, giving probably his finest performance, nudging himself into the realms of Ralph Richardson (who might have been even better) in his portrayal of James Stevens, the obsessively dedicated butler who stays loyal to his calling even when he falls in love with the housekeeper (Thompson) and out of step with the fascist views of his aristocratic employer, Lord Darlington (Fox).
A meditation on solitariness, dedication, love, class, politics and, above all, waste, expertly put together and played with a surfeit talent by the quality cast.
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