Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
Ritesh Batra
Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Dockery.
Julian Barnes (novel), Nick Payne (adaptation)
Screening Date: 
Feb 25, 2017
CBS Films
Running Time: 
1 hour 48 minutes
Average: 4 (1 vote)
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21.4% 39.3% 25.7% 3.6% 0.0%
“Good reminder that some of our life-long assumptions could be in doubt.”
“So many questions unanswered. Maybe the novel does!”
“I loved the book and even with changes really enjoyed the film. Jim Broadbent is wonderful!”
“Typical British movie, nice to look at but not a lot happens.”
“A film is not a book but this film translates the book very effectively while updating the story by introducing Google Search by the friends of Tony (lovely visual, never seeing the screen or see their response to a google search). The scene at dinner at Veronica’s home makes clear how Tony is out of his depth. The arrogance that he wants to be a writer! As they recite Dylan Thomas and Larkin poetry they are clearly testing him and playing with him to see if he’s a good fit. (Not up to Adrian who will later be the chosen one.)”
“Too long, too confusing. Did not come together well.”
“What a wonderful, austere, haunting film. Great acting of nicely defined characters, especially in a film where the characters themselves aren’t sure who they are!”
“Maybe a bit slowly paced for the average viewer but I enjoyed the ride. There was care and thoughtfullness to every plot twist and character revelation.”
“Great comparison to the novel, will suggest it to the book club.”
"I loved, loved, loved The Lunchbox, so if I’m slightly – only slightly mind you - disappointed it’s only because the bar was set so high.”

If you'd like to know more about the film...

Take a look at this interview in which the director Ritesh Batra addresses his approach to the film adaptaion of the novel, The Sense of an Ending:

Check out this link submitted by MEA member Barbara Ross of a review that discusses the director’s ability to intelligently translate the novel into a movie:

Watch an interview between Jim Broadbent and Wall Street Journal’s Tanya Rivero as they discuss his role in THE SENSE OF AN ENDING and his upcoming role in GAME OF THRONES:

Read about what the director, Ritesh Batra, had to say about the difficulties he faced trying to stay true to the novel he adapted: