This enthralling film is a wonderful tribute to the late John Hurt. He plays Ralph, a once famous writer who is terminally ill and wants to be reconciled with his long-abandoned son Michael.
When Michael comes to his Portuguese villa, Ralph's long-suffering wife looks to create the perfect environment, but he manages to ruin things by picking a fight with his son’s girlfriend. The clock is ticking, as Ralph has invited a mysterious ‘visitor’ (Charles Dance) to provide him with a painless end to his life.
But the visitor plays a devastating trick. Ralph ‘wakes up’ to face the damaged potential that life still holds for him and with his second chance he has a short window of opportunity to right some wrongs.
This gentle-paced adaptation of N.J. Crisp's 1996 play builds steadily toward an irresistibly moving finale.
We are honoured to welcome Anwen Hurt for the Fri 18:15 screening, who has kindly agreed to introduce her late husband’s film.