Broadbent carries the film, but he and Walter are actually a very good double act.
A handsome and well-acted rumination on memory, boyhood and ageing that sees Ritesh Batra deliver a solid rather than inspired interpretation of Julian Barnes’ prize winner.
Handsome enough but never more than politely probing.
What begins as a nostalgic and humdrum family drama grows more and more compelling the darker it becomes.
The film’s failings aren’t to do with questions of fidelity to the source material, however, but the lack of cinematic daring in its dramatisation of the story.
Very well put together, and the cast clearly believe in the material.
The Sense Of An Ending feels very literary and slightly predictable but lingers warmly in the memory and grows with hindsight.
Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Harriet Walter bring class to this restrained adaptation of Julian Barnes’s novel.
General release. Check local listings for show times.