The Sense of An Ending

The Sense of An Ending

DVD - 2017
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A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

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This is an interactive movie, inasmuch as the viewer is going to have to interact with the evidence given, and come to a conclusion about what really happened some 35 years earlier. My own interpretation is that the real sexual triangle was Sarah-Veronica-Adrian Senior, NOT Veronica-Adrian Senior-Tony. The result from the consummated sexual congress was Adrian Junior. We are told whose BROTHER he is, so it is pretty easy to figure out who was the mother! Tony Webster's vitriolic letter was probably the immediate provocation for Adrian Senior's suicide, because of its contents, and the curse launched at Veronica and Adrian.

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jonnybroom
Jun 27, 2018

I enjoyed this a lot. A quiet film with nuanced performances and some surprises.

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empbee
Jun 14, 2018

A potentially good movie missing some punch. The book was much better.

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breemu
May 03, 2018

Rather long and meandering with a main character who appears utterly clueless about his actions and their effect on others as he wanders through life and relationships. The ending leaves quite a bit to be desired, veering off into the tangent of a hitherto unknown child while leaving the question of a best friend's suicide - presumably the reason for the movie - entirely unanswered.

A fairly good film but a bit convoluted. It takes a bit of effort to follow the plot. The acting is fine and the story idea is, too, but the pace could have been sped up a bit.

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voisjoe1_0
Jan 26, 2018

If a director gets Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling to be in his film, he better do something with it. This is a quite convoluted tale of anger, jealousy, etc. such that the past was quite forgotten for forty years until the past came back to haunt the Broadbent character. I watched it twice, as there were a few important details that I did not understand. You see, the two major characters were so bent out of shape in their sexagenarian days, that they were relatively closed mouthed about what actually happened during their college days.

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wayne_wu
Sep 22, 2017

It is quite boring for me. I tried twice but no different.

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MartineVK
Sep 22, 2017

An older man receives a letter from someone in he knew in his youth, which makes him reevaluate not only what he thought he knew about the past, but his present life as well. Well acted drama in miniature. Lots of lovely shots of London, even if they are suspiciously scrubbed of people. More like the sense of a new beginning.

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2017

If you don't like "45 Years 2015 with Rampling" or "Le Week-End 2013 with Broadbent", skip this. With those old actors, acting competency is not in question. Focus is on the script about people's disdainful coming of age moments that they rather left buried, modified or wiped from their memory. From the extras, understand that the film script deviated significantly from the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner, see interesting interview with Julian Barnes on the film adaptation of his novel:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/apr/01/julian-barnes-i-told-the-film-makers-to-throw-my-book-against-a-wall-

I have not read the book but liked the film version just fine.

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cmarie20
Sep 07, 2017

After 31 minutes it ended for me. Booorrrring!

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2017

Opening narrative in film:
Tony: I'm not very interested in my school days and feel no special nostalgia for them. But I remember sixth form (Bristish school grade level, before college.) ... In those days we imagined ourselves as being in a holding pen, waiting to be released into our lives. ... And when that moment would come, we would be at university. How were we to know that our lives had already begun, and our release would only be into a larger holding pen? And in time, a larger holding pen. When you are young, you want your emotions to be like the ones you read about in books. You want them to overturn your life and create a new reality. But as that second hand insists on speeding up and time delivers us all too quickly into middle age, and then old age, that's when you want something a little milder, don't you? You want your emotions to support your life as it has become. You want them to tell you that everything is going to be okay. And is there anything wrong with that?

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2017

Excerpt from opening of the novel:

" ... And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time’s malleability. Some emotions speed it up, others slow it down; occasionally, it seems to go missing – until the eventual point when it really does go missing, never to return. I’m not very interested in my schooldays, and don’t feel any nostalgia for them. But school is where it all began, so I need to return briefly to a few incidents that have grown into anecdotes, to some approximate memories which time has deformed into certainty. If I can’t be sure of the actual events any more, I can at least be true to the impressions those facts left. That’s the best I can manage. There were three of us, and he now made the fourth. We hadn’t expected to add to our tight number: cliques and pairings had happened long before, and we were already beginning to imagine our escape from school into life. His name was Adrian Finn... "

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2017

I don't find the historian's need to ascribe responsibility a particularly fruitful arena, sir.
-Care to elaborate?
Historians yearn for an answer to the question of who's to blame for this event or for that atrocity, but... I don't know, sir. Sometimes it seems to me
it is impossible to know.
-Go on.
Well, Patrick Lagrange, sir, said that, "history is the certainty produced at the point "when the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation." It's the lies of Victors, sir. As long as you understand that it is also the delusions of the defeated.
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Camus says that suicide is the only true philosophical question. Apart from ethics, politics, aesthetics, and all that other stuff. All that other stuff we're
learning about in school. The only true one. The essential one on which
all the others depend. When we left school and went our separate ways,
out of everyone, Adrian was the only one I desperately wanted to stay in touch with.

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