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Masterpiece Contemporary: Framed (2011)

Trevor Eve , Eve Myles , Andy De Emmony  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Trevor Eve, Eve Myles, Robert Pugh
  • Directors: Andy De Emmony
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047CTO90
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The National Gallery in London has flooded, and senior curator Quentin Lester has a dramatic solution. He proposes that the entire collection of priceless paintings should be removed from London and stored in an abandoned slate mine inside a Welsh mountain, as they were during the Second World War. Soon after Quentin is settled in North Wales admittedly more at home in a cave among his paintings than he is with other people he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that wake up this sleepy, charming town. After mistaking local boy Dylan Hughes for an art history genius, Quentin finds himself in the middle of mayhem. It seems all of the town s quirkiest characters, from the butcher who still sees Elvis to an eight-year-old criminal genius, want a piece of the paintings he is trying so hard to preserve! Based on Frank Cottrell Boyce's best-selling children's novel, Framed stars Trevor Eve (Heat of the Sun) as Quentin and Eve Myles (Little Dorrit, Torchwood) as Angharad, the enigmatic local schoolteacher with an eye for Quentin; and introduces Samuel Davies as young Dylan Hughes.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, heartwarming surprise; Eve Myles is a gem! December 28, 2010
This Masterpiece Contemporary presentation was such a nice surprise. It tells the tale of a small Welsh village and how art affects the human condition. "Framed" is a sweet, heartwarming story, enhanced by the presence of Eve Myles("Torchwood"), who is a gem. The many strands of the story are deftly woven together, and the whimsy and life-lessons go hand-in-hand with one another, making this an altogether enjoyable film.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "small" delightful story, beautifully told and acted January 10, 2011
While it would be difficult to call this relatively minor Masterpiece Contemporary film great movie-making, I think it would be impossible to watch it and not be smiling virtually all of the way. The premise is a simple one; a water leak at the National Gallery in London threatens to damage many of the invaluable works of art. The Curator decides that the National must be emptied of its paintings until the water leak is found and repaired. The paintings are carefully boxed and taken to a remote village in Wales to be placed in a former underground slate mine. Of course, the sight of many large trucks winding through their mountainous Welsh village arouses the interest of the townspeople. There is no great intrigue or mystery here but the movie is eminently watchable because of several things; first are the performances of the two lead characters, Trevor Eve as the curator, and Eve Myles as the somewhat eccentric schoolteacher at the one room schoolhouse in the little village of Manod. There are also fine performances by some child actors. There are surely many less pleasant ways to spend an hour and a half. A nice, happy, romantic ending, although a bit improbable, is still a satisfying one.Masterpiece Contemporary: Framed
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing 8 minutes March 8, 2011
Did I enjoy this movie? Yes.

Did I enjoy it more when I saw the deleted 8 minutes? Yes. For example, PBS cut out a scene where the father tries to explain to the son why he is leaving.

PBS cuts down programs to fit the current 90 minute slot for Masterpiece. I understand this, and I accept it. When PBS negotiates the rights to release the program on DVD, the DVD only includes the footage that was shown on Masterpiece (rather than the whole program). I don't understand this. PBS does this a lot. They cut 40 minutes from Any Human Heart. This practice stinks, and people should know that they are not getting the entire program despite purchasing the DVD at full price.

I give this DVD only one star because of the missing footage.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely feel good film January 11, 2011
I saw this film unexpectedly on PBS on Christmas Eve and it instantly became a favorite. I was thrilled to be able to purchase the DVD on Amazon. As a sucker for all things Welsh and Art, this film spoke to me on many levels. The writing and acting are first rate. The characters are gloriously eccentric and very human. A lovely, gentle comedy that can't help but make the viewer feel good. Nothing grim, violent or depressing here!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brits do it for us again! March 3, 2011
By Jules
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Excellent, excellent, excellent contemporary romantic comedy entertainment! Creative storyline and beautiful, contrasting landscapes, the usual wonderful craft of the actors, amazing attention to detail and lighting, perfect length and tempo. Purchased it for myself and as fun gifts for a couple of friends who are alwaqys looking for fun but intellectually interesting family entertainment with appeal for young and old, and they loved it. AND HOW WONDERFUL - NO VIOLENCE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Gem! May 26, 2012
You'd have to have a pretty hard heart not to enjoy "Framed," one of those whimsical, old-fashioned romances where an outsider comes through happenstance to a picturesque little town, only to find love he never knew he was missing. Trevor Eve is Quentin Lester, a stuffy sort despite his generally laid-back but upscale appearance (think TV's Frasier if he wasn't so often an ass) and who also happens to manage London's National Gallery. A convenient problem occurs requiring Lester to undertake a hare-brained plan to save priceless works of art and involves said small town and a network of forgotten caves. Of course it's really just the excuse to get Lester to meet Angharad Stannard (Eve Myles), a Bohemian, bookishly sexy schoolteacher, the sort of kind and genuine spirit one can't help but fall in love with. There is the requisite collection of harmless eccentrics and also a family, the Hughes, whose struggles are at times a bit cloying, though the youngest daughter, Minnie, is played with such kinetic alacrity that she makes up for it. I found myself rooting for Lester and Angharad -- the trouble with most romances is that I don't really care much for the people involved, but these two characters, as well as the actors playing them, are winningly sympathetic because they are such appealing people. And while some people may criticize the television production for being too "light," sometimes we need an antidote from the tribulations of real romance, where compromises and disappointments can take their toll. Here, true love rises above petty self interest, and that's not just entertaining, it's soul affirming. True love, it seems, does conquer all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has it all August 28, 2013
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except murder, bad language, nudity, angst. Still it's a pretty wild ride,clever as heck . It's a fun ride for the whole family and a departure from the ordinary doom and gloom. It will leave you warm and fuzzy and smiling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Couldn't wait to find out what would happen with the main characters. I saw the production on TV and had to have the DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Edman
4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown Surprise!
I had not heard of this movie before I bought it but I love British film and gave it a try. The way we can sometimes close ourselves off and become obsessed with an interest is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by IrishGrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice for kids and adults
I knew nothing about this movie, but it sounded like it would be good so I took a chance and got a used copy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet movie
A sweet movie that charms and entertains. It's nice to see Trevor Eve in a lighter role than he usually plays and Eve Myles away from the Torchwood/Dr Who universe.
Published 5 months ago by Prepper John
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute family movie
Has some interesting twists. The kids are well played. A different type of story line. Interesting facts about the war times.
Published 6 months ago by Terry Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars You will learn something about time, another place, and another people...
Saw this late night on tv back when my cable service actually provided art and entertainment. Filmed locally with a story unique to the Welsh countryside, I just really enjoyed... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Some fun
A really fun time will be had by all. This romp with the star of Heat of the Sun is good for a viewing over and over.
Published 9 months ago by Joyce Eriksen
2.0 out of 5 stars bankrupt
One wants to like this movie. It's clean, wholesome, family-oriented, and has beautiful scenery and excellent actors. But it's a flop, in large part of the utterly absurd plot. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C.A. Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Underrated Masterpiece Comedy-Drama
Trevor Eve heads an outstanding cast in this offbeat story based on fact about saving valuable artwork from possible destruction. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Barry Hurto
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a bit of history..
Trevor usually plays a stronger role but a little bite of romance is also good...
It's a real feel good story.
Published 15 months ago by Evelyn Redford
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