The Bookshop

113 Minutes • PG


Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2018
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Isabel Coixet
Cast:Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Honor Kneafsey, James Lance


England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

"Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting." - Hollywood Reporter

"Nighy has never given a more moving performance, and few others have. There is a melting tenderness in his longing to be at ease with others, and his inability to recover that lost art." - Killer Movie Reviews