Ethel and Ernest
Director: Roger Mainwood
cast: Jim Broadbent, Pam Ferris, Brenda Blethyn
Country of Origin: UK 2016 94 mins.
Released by Vertigo Releasing
Based on author and illustrator Raymond Briggs' (The Snowman) autobiographical book is a charming, nostalgic and heart felt tribute to his parents that tugs at the heart strings.
Milkman Ernest (Jim Broadbent) asked lady's maid Ethel (Brenda Blethyn) if she'd like to go to the pictures and they started walking out together, got engaged, married and settled into suburban Wimbledon Park. Ethel had her eye on better things and cockney Ernest wanted labour in power.
Their 41 years of marriage witnessed world changing events - Chamberlain's Peace in Our Time, World War II, the heartbreak of seeing only son Raymond evacuated to the Dorset countryside, the Blitz, doodlebugs, bomb shelters, Hiroshima, VE Day, Labour in power, the creation of the Welfare State and a man on the moon. Raymond passed the 11+ examination, went to Grammar School and onto higher education, but Ethel couldn't understand why he choose art.There's no money in it. Couldn't he have been a foreman or a manager and worked in an office.
A nostalgic, beautifully crafted delight that brought a tear to my eye.