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Film Review - The Bookshop


After a small break from American distribution, writer/director Isabel Coixet returns with “The Bookshop,” bringing Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel to the screen. It’s a fitting project for the helmer, who typically finds creative inspiration with tales about the inner workings of women, and she has a careful story of submission to work with here. “The Bookshop” has all the opportunity in the world to become a soap opera, working through extreme frustrations and monitoring awful human beings, but Coixet doesn’t take the bait, instead offering a gradual unraveling of confidence that’s dotted with realistic emotions and literary liberation, achieving a sense of cultural position instead of blasting everything with hysterics. The feature may be too glacial for some, but those who can locate the rhythm of ache that’s presented here are sure to value the filmmaker’s patience with character development.  Read the rest at


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