The Bookshop

The Bookshop

DVD - 2019
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When a free-spirited widow opens a bookshop in a conservative coastal town in England in 1959, she attracts both opposition and support from the local community.
Publisher: Universal City, California : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 53 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda.
NTSC, rda.
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda.


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Jun 06, 2020

LOVED this movie. It also explains how Agatha Christie could imagine so much murder going on in idyllic English villages.

Feb 20, 2020

Certainly this movie is not for everyone, just the Brit Box / PBS Masterpiece fans.
Excellent acting, scenery and production sets accurate to the smallest details.
You have to appreciate literature and books, though to like it. It could have a bit more positive ending, but life is not a fairly tale. Just for that reason it deserves a 4 out of 5 stars, not 5/5.

Used PowerDVD10 program to run it, and before gave this DVD a good clean with lens spray and lens soft cloth. It took care of minor scratches recorded on the cover and meaning that is "Not readable". After that there was not problem to play it.

Jan 30, 2020

This movie is for people who like 'atmosphere' and, to a lesser degree, 'scenery'. Otherwise, the main characters clash but nothing much happens. Potential male-female relationships are anticipated but, alas, don't materialize. I'd be more interested in the story of the narrator (from being apprehended by social services as a girl until she owns her own bookshop). The photographer needed a steady videocam on tracks to lessen 'car sickness' in viewers; and better editing out of heads and figures moving across the field of view.

Jan 27, 2020

I found this movie a bit slow for my tastes. Excellent acting and scenery though.

Jan 26, 2020

This is a film for a few, those who appreciate English authors, PBS type subject, lovely scenery, fine tuned acting. It is slow to build on each character and subject, which can be a bit maddening at moments. I will watch anything with Bill Nighy. The acting was excellent because I really, really disliked Clarkson's character, also the sleazy clinger guy, the general living 150 years out of his class. The younger Gidding girl nearly stole the film.

I like the depiction of the post-war late 1950 into early 1960 Britain and the literature that's taking a sharp left turn from familiar lit. My firs time with this author, so I'll attempt more in print form. The audio didn't work well for me. The fashion was brilliant and few, if any, slips on today's jargon.

Jan 24, 2020

I thought this was boring.

Jan 24, 2020

VERY GOOD 2017 Brit drama film set in 1959. I did enjoy the story, the setting/cinematography, and fine acting by Emily Mortimer (new for me).

Jan 19, 2020

Much as I enjoy watching Bill Nighy, I found the supporting actors very superficial and unbelievable. There was a good story to be told, but wasn’t. Pity.

Jan 11, 2020

Nice short drama....I believe Meg Ryan's movie "You have mail" was based on this little story.
Worth watching to the end.

Jan 04, 2020

Very British with mostly very understated acting. Enjoyed the scenery. For sure not action-packed if you like action. The ending was not what I anticipated.

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Apr 01, 2019

The best quotes are in IMDb already:

My favorite, not that I concur totally:
Edmund Brundish: Old age is not the same thing as historical interest. Otherwise you and I would be far more interesting than we are.

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