“[Brian] Cox’s adorable grump learns to laugh again in a British film with witty touches from co-writer Gilbert Adair (The Dreamers)”
Dorottya (appealing newcomer Coco König) is a young Hungarian actress with an all-consuming desire: to be accepted into drama school in London and to make it on the English stage. In his twilight years, legendary Shakespearean actor Sir Michael Gifford (Brian Cox, Medici: Masters of Florence) has been diagnosed with a rare type of Parkinson’s disease and has but one desire – to be left alone. When Sir Michael’s daughter, Sophia (Emilia Fox) recruits Dorottya as her father’s carer despite an unhappy history of short-term incumbents in the role, the aspiring thespian has her work cut out for her. Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Hour) lends excellent support in a finely judged performance as Milly, Sir Michael’s secretary and former flame.
“Charming…the pleasures of the film come through ripe language and good comic timing…the principal cast…give a spirited rendering…[Brian] Cox's timing throughout is superb – a comic masterclass that gives way to storms of temper worthy of Lear.” The Sydney Morning Herald