• Release date: October 4, 2019 (limited)
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Running Time: 1h 32m
  • Rating: PG
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Sharp of both suit and vocabulary, Bill Nighy (The Bookshop), is winningly deadpan as Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship. Working from a witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Liverpudlian director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate.

Carl Hunter
Pacific Northwest Pictures
Alan Latham, Roy Boulter, Solon Papadopoulos
Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny, Alice Lowe
Frank Cottrell Boyce