P446 ORACLE 446 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:00       More about  films on 445      THE FILM   REVIEW PAGE   Film On Four Take Two: A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY C4: Tomorrow at 10.00pm Starring Colin Firth as Tom Birkin Kenneth Branagh as Charles Moon Natasha Richardson as Alice Keach Directed by Pat O'Connor 1987 Duration 110mins @ Subtitles on 888 FJLC 1/6 Next Feature Back-Up Sports A-Z Index
P446 ORACLE 446 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:10  4-Tel      FILM  REVIEW  A Month In the Country Set in a remote Yorkshire village in the summer of 1920, the film follows two former soldiers who have come to fulfil the requirements of a bequest to the local church. Colin Firth is excellent as the shell-shocked Birkin, who arrives to restore a medieval wall painting in the local church. Kenneth Branagh plays Moon, a decorated officer who is digging for a lost grave...  3/6 Next Feature Back-Up Sports A-Z Index
P446 ORACLE 446 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:01  4-Tel      FILM  REVIEW  A Month In the Country As with the film's central performances the casting of the minor characters is inspired. Richard Vernon is splendidly dithery as the colonel and Tony Haygarth provides good support as the chapel-going stationmaster. The child actors, Vicki Arundale and Martin O'Neil, give both charm and humour as Kathy and Edgar Ellerby, the children who are fascinated by Birkin's artistic restoration.  5/6 Next Feature Back-Up Sports A-Z Index
P446 ORACLE 446 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:10  4-Tel      FILM  REVIEW  A Month In the Country Simon Gray has adapted J L Carr's novel with the same care and skill that Birkin lavishes on the medieval fresco of The Last Judgement he is restoring. The writer follows the same instructions Keach gives Birkin: "I shan't mind if you touch it up... any faint areas or even bits which may have disappeared... you can fill them in. So long as it's appropriate and tones in with the rest." by Alex White  6/6 Next Feature Back-Up Sports A-Z Index
P446 ORACLE 446 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:11  4-Tel      FILM  REVIEW  A Month In the Country One reviewer likened this Film On Four based on J L Carr's Booker-nominated masterpiece to a "suit of rough tweed beautifully cut by a Savile Row tailor" It is very English to imply that such a fine film, faithfully realised by director Pat O'Connor and beautifully photographed by Kenneth MacMillan, is craftsman-like but inconsequential. After all, the same could be said of A Room With A View, a film which was nominated for eight Oscars.  2/6 Next Feature Back-Up Sports A-Z Index
P446 ORACLE 446 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:01  4-Tel      FILM  REVIEW  A Month In the Country Through their individual searches for the distant past, Birkin and Moon come to terms with new lives and old wounds as their tasks and destinies become entwined. Their work is overseen by the stern figure of the vicar, portrayed with subtlety by Patrick Malahide, and his lovely young wife who flits in and out of the two men's lives. Natasha Richardson's performance is charged with a mixture of rosy-cheeked innocence and sexual tension...  4/6 Next Feature Back-Up Sports A-Z Index