2022 ( UK | Japan | Sweden ) ( Drama )
Starring: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp
Director: Oliver Hermanus
Bill Nighy puts in a career-best turn as a stern, bowler-hatted British civil servant who, in 1953, is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The film asks the question: “What would you do if you had six months left to live?”.
Mr Williams is a man set in his ways. As a child he longed to join the gentlemen at the train station in their suits and hats, going to their office jobs in the capital and generally being respectable. But now an older man, he looks back on his life and realises it’s been full of paper pushing and bureaucracy — and lacking in joy.
But it’s a chance meeting with a former co-worker (Aimee Lou Wood) that spurs him into action. Inspired by her youthful zest for life, she becomes his only confidante. The film is a tender, considerate piece of work.
National treasure Bill Nighy finally gets his shot at Oscars glory in this immaculate British drama.