Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

The Sense of an Ending

2017, Ritesh Batra, UK, 109 min. With Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 3rd 2:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 9th 7:45pm

"A lovely portrait of the past...Ritesh Batra's second film finds the simple beauty in Julian Barnes' novel, with the help of a stellar cast." — Steve Greene, Indiewire

"Batra does a subtle, nuanced job...the lineup of fine actors keenly registers minute details about the passage of time with humor, wisdom and a sharp sense of how moments of rash or just misguided behavior can forever dictate a life's path." — Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Seventyish Londoner Tony Webster (Broadbent) keeps life at a comfortable distance — including his amicably divorced wife (Harriet Walter) and pregnant daughter (Michelle Dockery), his undemanding job as proprietor of a small camera shop, and his more adventurous college days when he (Billy Howle) and his brilliant classmate Adrian (Joe Alwyn) became tragically involved with the vivacious upper-class Veronica (Freya Mavor). Tony's carefully constructed cocoon starts to crumble when he receives an inexplicable bequest of £500 from Veronica's mother (Emily Mortimer). The bequest also includes Adrian's diary, which the long-unseen Veronica (Rampling) refuses to give up. Tony is compelled to confront his past in a way that reveals not so much "what really happened" but how unreliable and self-servingly selective our memories can be. Following his acclaimed debut THE LUNCHBOX, director Batra tackles more challenging material in the form of Julian Barnes's 2011 Man Booker Prize-awarded novel, and he is well-served by a brilliant cast capable of working in the all-important spaces between the lines. In English. Courtesy of CBS Films. DCP digital. (MR)

Ritesh Batra's previously announced appearance has been cancelled.

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