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He lives in a working class neighborhood with its tiny yard, and the row houses mean that the neighbors are all busybodies, too. Being the only Jewish family in the neighborhood they get treated differently, but coldly polite since it is fewer than 20 years since the end of the World War II and the holocaust. David's father has a little shop that consumes all of his time and attention. In one scene, the family is sitting around the table making cushions to sell in the shop.
David's mother, Ruth (Emily Woof), is clearly younger than the father and seems almost too pretty to be the wife of a small time shopkeeper. This becomes an important fact in the story. She is a person of dreams and emotions. And while she is devoted to her family and especially her children, the father's obsession with work denies her the emotional fulfillment she clearly needs.
A new family is moving in next door to them and somehow the neighborhood makes it the Wiseman's responsibility as to who moves in.Read more ›
Though there are a couple of moments that may not be the most appropriate for children under 13, the movie in general is a great lesson in tolerance and friendship for everyone in the family.
This is a wonderful movie for families and I highly recommend watching it with your children. The lesson they will learn from this beautiful movie will last a lifetime.
The time is the 1960s in London in a neighborhood shared by Jews and other faiths. One family in particular, the Wisemans, live comfortably as German immigrants whose elder family members died in Nazi Germany. David Wiseman (Sam Smith) is eleven years old, and preoccupied with cricket, a sport for which he collects souvenir cards and idolizes players yet who has no skills at playing the game, but stays with his passion with the school team as a score keeper. His father Victor (Stanley Townsend) is all business, and his mother Ruth (Emily Woof) is a kind woman who seems to need more attention than her husband offers. Into the house next door moves a family from Jamaica - Dennis (Delroy Lindo), his wife and two daughters are happy people and play Jamaican music while they construct an odd entity in the tiny back yard, a construction that ends up being a cricket court as Dennis and his daughter are devoted cricket players.
In no time the shy David introduces himself and shortly becomes invited to join in learning how to play cricket with the warmly loving Dennis and family.Read more ›
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A lovely, sappy, underappreciated movie from 2003 and starring Delroy Lindo.
Early 1960s London: WWII Jewish survivors and new Jamaican immigrants. Read more
We watched part of it in Athens,Greece. Had to get a copy to see the whole movie.Loved the movie along with memories.Published 13 months ago by Margaret Matherne
This a great film! Heart-warming and charming. There is an adult situation but it is handled well and easily skipped.Published on September 2, 2013 by Elsa
What really makes this film a good one on the subject of racial intolerance, is the setting. It takes place in London in the early 1960s about the time that the American Rights... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by De witte leeuw.
I love this movie set in London in the early sixties. The story reflects on racism with the changing face of Britain as immigrants arrive from post-war Europe and the Caribbean. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Alaura O'Dell
A feel-good picture, starring the excellent Delroy Lindo from "The Ciderhouse Rules." As head of a Jamaican immigrant family moving into a London neighborhood whose occupants are... Read morePublished on May 3, 2009 by dvdchap
David Wiseman, the 13-year-old hero of this sweet coming-of-age story, is obsessed with cricket -- but has no idea how to actually bat, bowl or field. Read morePublished on September 28, 2008 by Alan A. Elsner
This film wants to be a warm and fuzzy family movie about friendship, loyalty, and learning to accept people of other races. It has a few problems going in. Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by Paula L. Craig