“There’s a beguiling Englishness to this elegant, offbeat comedy-drama…[it’s] a distinct, articulate pleasure”
Bill Nighy’s droll brusqueness and gruff affability have distinguished him as a character actor of rare if spiky charm. Those qualities are brought brilliantly to the fore in service of a stylish and heart-felt comedy-drama penned by acclaimed British screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Nighy is cast as Alan, a sharp-suited and similarly sharp-tongued retired Merseyside tailor whose obsession with Scrabble masks a deeper sense of loss. Despite his talent for word-games, Alan and his youngest son, Peter (Sam Riley) struggle to fill the void left by the disappearance many years earlier of Peter’s older brother, Michael.
A triple score-worthy supporting cast also features Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny.