The Sense Of An Ending is one of those films you might need to see again before all the relevance comes sneaking in. It is not clear until the end that our preconceptions are all wrong, or at the least, a little off.
Tony Webster, played by Jim Broadbent, is a quiet man, with a set routine, wakes up at 7am,showers, makes a pot of coffee, and goes off to work. He owns a camera shop and has lived his life. He seems very self directed and devoid of emotion. His ex-wife,Margaret, played. by Harriet Walter, is the realistic, down to earth person that kept him centered. He has a daughter, Susie, played by Michelle Dockery, who is very pregnant and will be a single parent. This is all to say that there is much more to this man than meets the eye.
Tony receives a letter out of the blue from the mother of an ex-girlfriend. The mother has died and has left Tony a bit of money and a diary. Charlotte Rampling, plays the ex-girlfriend, forty years later. For some reason the ex-girlfriend will, not give up the diary, and this sets Tony in motion of finding the reason, and in the process finding himself.
What a marvelously acted film, it takes half the film to get to the nitty gritty, so hang in there. The quality of the acting and the actors in minor parts are quite mind blowing. I have not read the novel by Julian Barnes, and it seems I should. I have an urge to know it all. I am still reflecting on this film as I write this review. That is the kind of impact these actors have.
Recommended. prisrob 05-27-18
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