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Hope Gap  2019
Director:  William Nicholson
Producer:
  David M. Thompson and Sarada McDermott
Art Director:
  Ben Clements
Editor:
  Pia Di Ciaula
Music:
  Alex Heffes
Screenplay:
  William Nicholson, based on his play The Retreat From Moscow
Director of Photography:
  Anna Valdez Hanks
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Cast:
people1 Annette Bening
people1 Bill Nighy
spacer1 Josh O'Connor
spacer1 Alysha Hart
spacer1 Nicholas Burns
spacer1 Sally Rogers
spacer1 Stephen Pacey
spacer1 Nicholas Blane
spacer1 Rose Keegan
spacer1 Derren Litten
spacer1 Finn Bennett
spacer1 Ryan McKen
people1 Annette Bening people1 Bill Nighy spacer1 Josh O'Connor
spacer1 Alysha Hart spacer1 Nicholas Burns spacer1 Sally Rogers
spacer1 Stephen Pacey spacer1 Nicholas Blane spacer1 Rose Keegan
spacer1 Derren Litten spacer1 Finn Bennett spacer1 Ryan McKen
people1 Annette Bening people1 Bill Nighy
spacer1 Josh O'Connor spacer1 Alysha Hart
spacer1 Nicholas Burns spacer1 Sally Rogers
spacer1 Stephen Pacey spacer1 Nicholas Blane
spacer1 Rose Keegan spacer1 Derren Litten
spacer1 Finn Bennett spacer1 Ryan McKen

Synopsis:
Featuring brilliant performances from Bill Nighy and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening, this exquisite drama from writer-director William Nicholson will resonate with anyone who has ever navigated the choppy waters of long-term love.

Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have been together for 33 years. To celebrate the occasion, they've invited their London-based son Jamie (Josh O'Connor) to visit them at their home on the Sussex coast, where the picturesque cliffs of Hope Gap look out onto the open sea. Communication between the couple is at a nadir, however, with Grace nagging Edward about his lack of enthusiasm and Edward, who has long felt inadequate in his marriage, responding by turning inward — and harbouring secrets. Edward is leaving Grace for another woman, a decision that will result in ongoing turmoil for everyone involved.

Review:
A veteran of literature, film, and television, Nicholson received Oscar screenwriting nominations for Shadowlands and Gladiator, but nothing in his august body of work quite prepares you for the wit and wisdom woven into each scene of Hope Gap: no one is entirely innocent and nothing, after three decades of coupledom, is simple.

The film's poignancy, of course, is dependent on its actors, and you couldn't ask for a more perfect pairing than Annette Bening and Bill Nighy, the former exhibiting an astonishing range of emotion and tactics, the latter tempering his trademark deadpan charisma in favour of a gravitas he's too rarely had the chance to exude.

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