An intriguing blend of comedy and passion this provocative story is a hilarious look at what really goes on when the lights go down.
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Set in 1947, it tells the story of a 16 year old girl, Stella (Georgina Cates), abandoned at birth by a wayward mother and brought up by her aunt and uncle, who aspires to join the Theatre. Into this milieu she willingly plunges herself. She encounters sordid seedy characters. She takes on menial tasks without pay. She embraces all with a gushing eager naivete. She falls for the stage director (Hugh Grant) who in her young innocence she doesn't realise actually has a preference for boys. She then latches on to an aging Lothario (Alan Rickman) who does appreciate young girls. In this darkness in which she finds herself, past and present intersect. The absent mother she faithfully places a call to everyday, the same mother who gave her away years ago, becomes the silent confidant of her hopes and fears.Read more ›
I love Hugh Grant's character who appears to be the 'bad guy' but finally you're left wondering if he didn't just speed along the inevitable. He's still a bit of a conundrum, because he's surely written to be unlikable but is that a challenge to the moviegoer to see past the veneer, or is the veneer all their is...hmm... Oy I'm getting dizzy. :-)
I really think this rates high in the quicky foreign film category and perhaps not quite an Ameilie but certainly had it been marketed more in that vein the right audience and movie would have found each other!Read more ›
If you like surprises and don't mind "dark and twisty" reveals, at the end of a story-then do not read other reviews. Since AR is very good at the dark and twisty, I have learned to adapt and take nothing for granted. I went into this film knowing what the "reveal" would be at the end. And to behonest, you are so swept up in the story, that when it is revealed, you can feel nothing but sorrow-as opposed to the "ick" factor. If you are a fan of Alan Rickman's-this is a definite for your library. Hugh Grant also stars in this film. Though if dark and twisty disturbs you from the likes of Hugh Grant-this will leave you less infatuated with him.
Also, if you are familiar with the tale Peter Pan, this film wil help to define some concepts left unexplained. I have just recently read Peter Pan and can now appreciate where the title of this film comes from.
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I bought this film because I recently became an Alan Rickman fan. I had never heard of it before but I heard from other Alan fans that this is a must see! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jen
In one word, I didn't liked it.
Georgina Cates was not that charming. I am not talking about her look. She didn't rule the film. Read more
IF one is in need of a fluffy British film, this one is it.Published 14 months ago by Julie A. Smith
The distributers didn't quite know to promote this odd film, so they took the soft option. A feel good comedy. Which it's not. Read morePublished 17 months ago by addison de witt
this is a poorly named movie, but it has the same name as the book, so what can be said? finally there is a role that seems appropriate for hugh grant--can't say that i like him... Read morePublished 19 months ago by corgi fan
Every now and then a movie comes along that the people distributing the film have no idea how to promote. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Chip Kaufmann
Love any and all Alan Rickman works! The ending of this movie is totally heartbreaking and very, very believable given the circumstances.Published on December 1, 2013 by stella maris-martin
This film is not as it was hyped. It is not a comedy, although there are some humorous moments. Rather, it is troubling, often painful to watch. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by MissPammy