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:: And When Did You Last See Your Father

You can always tell when a film script has been written from the heart. It has that special ability to take the audience on an emotional journey, a journey that will see you laugh, smile and even cry (that is if you are willing to admit it). ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’ is one film that will certainly take you on one of these journeys… and you’ll feel all the better for it.

This was certainly a film that was written with emotion and came straight from the heart. ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’ comes from the emotional memoirs of English novelist, Blake Morrison. Screenwriter, David Nicholls has lost none of Morrison’s emotions in a film that tells the story of Blake’s candid memories of the weeks leading up to his father’s death. Blake is happily married and his relationship with his father is severely strained. While going to visit his terminally ill father Blake reminisces the moments throughout his life that have led to this fractured relationship.

A film as candid as ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’ comes along very rarely these days. I don’t think any male audience member would not be able to identify with some aspect of Blake Morrison’s life. The film doesn’t only focus on the relationship with the father and instead becomes a coming-of-age film in which Blake’s first love and first sexual experiences are explored in depth. Every single emotion is there for all to see, and with Colin Firth’s exceptional portrayal of Blake sometimes you forget that you are watching a film. You really do feel like a peeping tom invading this man’s life.

Director, Anand Tucker (best known for the film ‘Shopgirl’), was the right choice for directing this film. He manages to capture his characters in a light that most directors only dream about. He never once allows the flashbacks become repetitive and has some wonderful transitions between the scenes set in the 1950s-1960s and the present day. This was a film that had the potential to bog down and bore its audience, but Tucker and Nicholls have a maturity that prevents this from happening. Instead you will find yourself so tied up the characters lives that a flurry of emotions spread throughout your body.

There are so many things to love about ‘And When Did You Last See You Father’, that this review could go on forever. There seriously isn’t a weakness. The directing, acting and screenplay are all top notch and you can only hope that this team continue making films together in the future.

‘And When Did You Last See Your Father’ will make you laugh, it will make you cry… the only emotion it won’t leave you with is disappointment.