The Sense Of An Ending
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Dockery, Billy Howle, Freya Mavor, Joe Alywn
Country of Origin: UK 2017 108 mins. (15)
Released by StudioCanal
The last thing retired, reclusive divorced, pensioner Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) expected to interrupt his easy going life dabbling in vintage Leica cameras was a letter which would make him revisit the distant past. Sarah Ford (Emily Mortimer), the mother of his university girlfriend Veronica (Freya Mavor) left in her will a diary kept by his best friend Adrian (Joe Alwyn) who had a relationship with Veronica after she split from Tony.
Intrigue, mystery and an unspoken past resurrected sees Tony telling his ex-wife Margaret (Harriet Walter on top form) and his heavily pregnant, expecting at any moment, single daughter Susie (Michelle Dockery) the story of Veronica, Adrian and Tony, a love triangle in memories past.
Drip feeding flashbacks to school, university days, first love, regrets, moments and decisions made, Tony Webster begins a journey seeking redemption and forgiveness as the enigmatic Veronica (Charlotte Rampling) returns to haunt him.
Adapted from Julian Barnes's 2011 Booker Prize Winning novel of the same name, it's very watchable, the cinematography's (Christopher Ross) spot on, the cast are great with Jim Broadbent centre piece, terrific and the small moments that make up each character are beautifully captured, but annoyingly the film drops into narrative and plot underdrive in the final quarter and lacks the hit and passion it deserves as Tony Webster does a Philip Marlowe, sleuth of the week as he seeks answers from Veronica.