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Rory’s Way

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Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro (La Sonrisa Etrusca), where a rugged old Scotsman reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to California to seek medical treatment.

Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) has wrestled with worsening back pain, and eventually even the local vet, who’s been medicating him with horse painkillers, insists he see a doctor. He soon moves in with his estranged son (JJ Field) in San Francisco and sees his life transformed through a newly found bond with his baby grandson. This bond, in turn, helps repair old familial wounds between him and his son.

This is a quiet film, full of love, life, and death that highlights generational divides. Whether in a costume drama like ‘Braveheart’ or a modern spy thriller like the ‘Jason Bourne’ series, Brian Cox is a consummate performer who always injects dynamic presence to elevate material.