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A VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER
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- Biographies of John Mortimer, Alan Bates, and Laurence Olivier.
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John ages, marries Elizabeth (Jane Asher-'Brideshead Revisited'), and the father/son relationship continues sometimes in conflict, sometimes humorous, sometimes surprising. This, as often in stories with these 2 actors, makes the viewer think and become engaged in the intellect of the characters. Elizabeth Sellars ('Shiralee') plays Clifford's wife, John's mother.
The DVD reminds you sometimes of a play format (this was adapted from the original stage play), except the sets are much more elaborate and much of the footage was actually done on the English estate of the writer, in Oxfordshire. The countryside is beautiful, as rewarding as the performances. _________SUBTITLES are available.
The writer, John Clifford Mortimer, the man who created "Rumpole of the Bailey", obviously used his own real life as a divorce lawyer like his father's divorce law practice, John's sight problems, and even his statement about being raised "entirely on the profits of adultery" a dialogue line used in the performance.Read more ›
Well worth watching at least once.
Lawrence Olivier makes the most of his advanced age to turn out a delightfully cranky Dad. (If I read any more about Dustin Hoffman's Methodist misgivings about Sir Larry, this'll be recalled as counterevidence: he gets things across without all the self-torture.) Alan Bates is a bit old for his part here, but does well in a few key scenes in this secondary, not terrifically fulsome role. And Jane Asher - who once taught Liverpudlian Macca about art and theatre and modern classical music - is unusually convincing in her role as a challenging, almost-likeable worthy opponent to the opinionated Dad-in-law (her role, incidentally, became merely Mortimer's first wife).
This should especially appeal to anyone who's spent time with relatives who are or, with age, have turned self-centred, pernickety, and a bit too assured about every last thing they say. What's refreshing is Mortimer's talent to remind us that we do retain affection, despite all.
(It's close captioned, too!)
At under an hour-and-a-half long, it was time very well spent.
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This well-written telemovie by John Mortimer about his barrister father is meticulously filmed and cast. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Charles Lempriere
I first saw clips from this film as part of a documentary on Olivier, and have been waiting for it ever since. I was by no means disappointed. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by John D. Steyers
I can't agree with the reviewer who found this movie dark and depressing (as if a good story HAS to be cheerful). Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Frank R. Southerington