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Sometimes Always Never (12A)

Director: Carl Hunter

Starring: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny

Able to blend charming gruffness and winning affability with just the raise of an eyebrow, Bill Nighy has long proven himself one of Britain’s best character actors, and now he stars alongside Sam Riley and Alice Lowe in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a tailor searching for a lost son.

Sharp of both suit and vocabulary, Nighy (The Bookshop), is winningly deadpan as Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship. Working from a witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Liverpudlian director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate. A triple score-worthy supporting cast includes Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny.

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  • This film is a distinct, articulate pleasure.
    The Guardian

  • Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, who adapted the film from his own short story, has crafted a joy of a script, which seeds its themes as elegantly as Nighy's character, Alan, a Scrabble-obsessed tailor, wears his suits.
    The Observer

  • It's a quiet, funny, sad, quirky delight...
    Daily Mail

  • Very well directed and very handsomely shot... strangely gripping... I was really surprised by how much it moved me, how touched I was...
    Mark Kermode

  • Nighy is a perfect fit as the somewhat scuffed roué who still radiates an unmistakeable mystique.
    The Arts Desk

  • charming, elegant, whimsical and unexpectedly moving gem
    Daily Mirror