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Eventually, Walters determined spirit wins out over his fears and he creates a new life for himself at the institution, even gaining a love interest, June (Sarah Miles). Years later, Walter and June dare to take on the outside world again, leaving the safe confines of the hospital and setting out for London. Facing monumental challenges and with only each other to cling to, they are determined to make a life for themselves. Directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons) and based on David Cooks award-winning novel, Loving Walter is a profoundly moving film with a character impossible to forget.
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McKellen is amazing in his subtlety (not so much dialogue, but a lot of communication through his expressions, actions, and mannerisms), and there are very few moments of comic relief provided at the character's expense. (I was often nervously anticipating some scene where Walter makes a complete fool of himself in front of people a la THE OTHER SISTER but thankfully there weren't any such moments.) His physical transformation--with false teeth, awful haircut and shuffling gait--only adds to the utter believability of the Walter character. It's also interesting to hear him use a more Northern accent (when he does speak).
The direction and story (by Stephen Frears and David Cook, respectively) don't sugarcoat anything, and the bleak situations Walter goes through make him almost Job-like...without the happy ending. The first half of the DVD (which was originally broadcast as its own movie) is grim and heartwrenching, but the second half almost veers into campy, madcap hilarity with an escape plan from the mental institution.Read more ›