The Bookshop (PG)

The Bookshop

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 12 July 2018

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel, The Bookshop follows a free-spirited widow, Florence Green, as she opens a bookshop in a sleepy coastal town. Her literary selections - including Nabokov’s Lolita and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 - don’t agree with some of the conservative locals, whose somewhat sheltered existence hasn’t yet been hit by the social and sexual revolutions of the cities. Florence’s defiant risk-taking soon finds her coming up against some of the town’s bigwigs, who are determined to shut her shop down.

Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy deliver fine performances that will enchant book and film lovers alike. With moments of gentle romance that wouldn’t be out of place in Brief Encounter, alongside the comedy and social commentary of Jane Austen, director Isabel Coixet’s award-winning film is a charming celebration of art, and worlds waiting to be discovered behind book covers.


Isabel Coixet
Germany, Spain, UK
113 mins
Bill Nighy, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson


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