The Bookshop (film)
UK release poster
|Directed by||Isabel Coixet|
|Written by||Isabel Coixet|
|Based on||The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald|
|Narrated by||Julie Christie|
|Music by||Alfonso Vilallonga|
|Edited by||Bernat Aragones|
|Distributed by||Celsius Entertainment|
|Box office||$9.7 million|
The Bookshop is a 2017 drama film written and directed by Isabel Coixet, based on the novel of the same name by Penelope Fitzgerald. The film stars Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Nighy. This was the third collaboration between Patricia Clarkson and Isabel Coixet, after Elegy and Learning to Drive, and the second 2017 film featuring both Mortimer and Clarkson after The Party.
The film was shot in Portaferry and Strangford, County Down, Northern Ireland, and in Barcelona during August and September 2016. The film won three Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Set in the late 1950s, the film opens with an explanatory voice-over narration. Florence Green, a widow, has decided to open a bookshop in the small coastal town of Hardborough, Suffolk, acquiring as her premises the Old House, a damp and abandoned property that has been standing empty for many years. After refurbishing it and moving in, she learns that Violet Gamart, an influential and ambitious local resident, had privately earmarked the Old House for her own pet project, a local arts centre - a project that she has no intention of dropping even though the property is no longer empty. Aided by several of the townspeople Mrs Gamart attempts to get Florence evicted, and the shop closed down.
Florence's business does well enough for her to need help in the shop from Christine, the young daughter of a neighbour. Christine is very effective, even though she says that she does not much like reading. Their best customer is the wealthy bookish recluse Edmund Brundish, who begins to have feelings for Florence as she introduces him to new authors. Learning of the threats to Florence's business, he volunteers to emerge from his seclusion, to visit Mrs Gamart and tell her to desist. The effort involved in doing so is too much for him, and he collapses and dies.
Mrs Gamart's nephew, a member of Parliament, sponsors a bill that empowers local councils to buy any historic building that has been left unused for five years. The bill is passed, the Old House is compulsorily purchased, and Florence is evicted. Florence departs from the town by ferry, and is waved off from the quayside by Christine. As the boat draws away she realises that Christine has set the Old House alight.
The scene switches to the present day and it becomes clear that the narrator is the adult Christine, who now runs her own bookshop.
- Emily Mortimer as Florence Green
- Patricia Clarkson as Violet Gamart
- Bill Nighy as Edmund Brundish
- Honor Kneafsey as Christine
- James Lance as Milo North
- Harvey Bennett as Wally
- Michael Fitzgerald as Mr Raven
- Conor Smith as School Boy
- Jorge Suquet as Mr Thornton
- Hunter Tremayne as Mr Keble
- Frances Barber as Jessie
- Gary Piquer as Mr Gill
- Lucy Tillett as Mrs Gilling
- Lana O'Kell as Ivy Welford
- Nigel O'Neill as Mr Deben
- Toby Gibson as Peter Gipping
- Charlotte Vega as Kattie
- Mary O'Driscoll as Mrs Keble
- Karen Ardiff as Mrs Deben
- Rachel Gadd as Female Inspector
- Richard Felix as William
- Barry Barnes as Inspector Sheppard
- Nick Devlin as Harold
La librería (the Spanish version of The Bookshop), premiered at the inauguration gala of the 2017 edition of SEMINCI, Valladolid, with excellent reviews. The Spanish release took place on 10 November, with unanimous positive reviews and grossed close to 3.5 million USD during its run of more than fifteen weeks in Spanish theatres.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 57% based on 72 reviews, and an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A rare adaptation that sticks too closely to its source material, The Bookshop's meticulously crafted world building gets lost in its meandering pace". On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
On 13 December 2017, The Bookshop received 12 nominations for the XXXIIIrd edition of the Goya Awards, by the Spanish Cinema Academy. On 3 February 2018, it won three major Goya Awards: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
On 28 December 2017, the film won 12 nominations for the Xth edition of the Gaudí Awards. including Best Non-Catalan Speaking Film, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay. On 28 January 2018, it won two Gaudí Awards for Best Artistic Direction and Best Original Score.
|32nd Goya Awards
(3 February 2018)
|Best Director||Isabel Coixet||Won|||
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Won|||
|Best Actress||Emily Mortimer||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actor||Bill Nighy||Nominated|||
|Best Cinematography||Jean-Claude Larrieu||Nominated|
|Best Edition||Bernat Aragonés||Nominated|||
|Best Art Direction||Llorenç Miquel and Marc Pou||Nominated|
|Best Production Supervision||Jordi Berenguer and Alex Boyd||Nominated|
|Best Original Score||Alfonso de Vilallonga||Nominated|||
|Best Original Song||"Feeling Loney on a Sunday Afternoon"||Nominated|||
|Best Costume Design||Mercè Paloma||Nominated|||
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