A deeply affecting and beautiful drama starring multi award winning, and twice Oscar nominated Sir John Hurt, which deals with difficult and pertinent issues. Not without wry humor, this uniquely lyrical drama is bound to move its audience in a profound and visceral way, across all generations, as its themes resonate equally with young adults and those in the twilight of their lives. A wonderfully human movie with a huge heart.
The film deals with themes which are relevant and pertinent to our current social climate; young people struggling to find somewhere they can call home, the place for compassion in society, ideas about community, and people's rights to make decisions for themselves. In essence though, it's a really simple film about people connecting with each other.
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