It is February in a small town on the north coast of Scotland, during a winter so cold the sea has frozen over near shore. Although the central emotional relationship in this story is between Frances, a young widow (Thompson) still closed off from the world in grief, and her crotchety, irritating mother Elspeth (Thompson's actual mother Phyllida Law), who tries to get her to live again, there are three other pairs in the plot as well. Frances's teenage son Alex falls into the fine clutches of Nita, a lively girl who has been interested in him for quite a while; Tom and Sam are two young boys who cut school to talk, play, and tussle (and provide much of the comic relief, if you can tune in to their heavy Scottish accents); and Chloe and Lily are two elderly ladies who pass the time attending the funerals of strangers. The 1997 film (co-written and directed by actor Alan Rickman, based on a play by Sharman MacDonald) has a calm, austere beauty, with Law providing much of the commentary and Thompson presenting a rich, largely silent emotional apex.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
Alan Rickman co-written and directed this unique independent film which consisted of several interlocked events. There's one about a special mother and daughter relationship,one of 2 elderly women quirky hobby of attending strangers' funerals and one about first love,etc.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jenny