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That Good Night - Film Review (Cunard British Film Festival 2017)

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Of life, love and relationships
That Good Night is a film about life, love and relationships. About making peace with one's self and loved ones and quite simply about decision making in stressful circumstances.

Taken from a play by NJ Crisp, the movie centres around Ralph (John Hurt); a successful screenwriter who is ageing, cranky, in no way politically correct, rude and at times a bully. Ralph has recently received a diagnosis which leads him to believe that a quick exit is the preferred pathway, and begins to put his affairs in order.

Ralph is married to the beautiful and much younger Anna (Sofia Helin), who is not aware of his illness but is battling with her own demons. Living in a sensational Tuscan villa, Ralph is determined to set to rights his relationship with his son Michael (Max Brown). However, the relationship is strained and initial contact does not go well.

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That Good Night

As we work through the rebuilding of this very important relationship, Ralph is receiving advice from a very special visitor played by Charles Dance (The Game of Thrones). You will need to make your own decisions about 'The Visitor', however at one point he appears to give Ralph his heart's desire, but all is not as it seems and the movie ends in a way I didn't quite anticipate, but beautiful all the same.

As it explores one of the most controversial, heartbreaking and difficult subjects of our time, That Good Night will take you to places that are uncomfortable as you explore your own feelings and beliefs. John Hurt is quite simply brilliant as Ralph, as each of the players are in their own roles, however, be prepared to be challenged and to work your way through a raft of emotions as you relive Ralph's life, his successes and failures, his loss of vitality and his joy as he finds new reasons to live.

Tissues are not optional!

That Good Night will screen around Australia as part of the British Film Festival, please see the website for dates in your city. This is one to put in the diary, book your tickets now!

Dedicated to the life of John Hurt.
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Why? An amazing portrayal of a controversial and emotional topic.
When: 25 October to 15 November 2017
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