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England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer, Mary Poppins Returns) follows her lifelong dream by opening a bookshop in a conservative coastal town. While bringing about a cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects) and the support of a reclusive, book-loving widower (Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). As Florence’s obstacles amass, she reminds herself that a town without a bookshop is no town at all. Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel, The Bookshop is an elegant rendering of personal resolve and the battle for the soul of a community.
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Critics Consensus: A rare adaptation that sticks too closely to its source material, The Bookshop's meticulously crafted world building gets lost in its meandering pace.
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Bittersweet period drama about the joys of reading.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bookshop is a slow but poignant period drama based on British author Penelope Fitzgerald's novel about a widow (Emily Mortimer) who opens a bookstore in a small English town. Aside from brief drinking and smoking, a sudden (but nonviolent) death, and a scene in which someone starts a fire that destroys a building but doesn't hurt anyone, there's little iffy content to worry about. Characters do yell at/intimidate each other, but there's no physical violence. Language is limited to "shut up," "little shrimp," "that harpy," "bloody time," and the like. The plot and themes are a bit mature for younger kids, but tweens and up who enjoy period dramas and movies about books will find this an appealing if bittersweet tale about the importance of persevering and how you're never really alone when surrounded by books and those who love them.
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- Release Date:August 24, 2018
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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