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A Movie Out of the Maddening Crowd
on May 29, 2013
This has a low key, very sly and subtle script allowing for many smiles and laugh out loud sequences to offset the serious drama of engaging high stakes international policy making. It embraces a few days of a relationship between two lonely and sad people who decide to spend some time lighting up each others lives. The acting and dialogue are so well timed and delivered that one could easily miss how expressive the major characters deliver the goods. The story line is believable and there are no "how could that really happen" moments to dispense with. Bill Nighy's physical propensities are hilarious although understated, I suppose. Kelly MacDonald is very good looking which was only moderately used within the context of the film. Her facial expressions were used rather than dialogue in many of the more moving, thought provoking scenes. This film reminds me of the older genre of film making where nuance reigned and the films required apt attention to detail to pick up the full story. I just love this film!