The Bookshop

The Bookshop

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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In England in 1959, free spirited widow Florence Green follows her lifelong dream by opening a bookshop in a conservative coastal town.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD B DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1


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In 1950s England, a young widow stirs up a small coastal town when she starts a bookshop.
Based on a novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. Bill Nighy's subtle performance once again proves he is one of the most underrated and under-awarded actors of our time.

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May 19, 2019

The Bookshop is a period piece about a woman who is planning to open a bookshop in her town, however the members of the town do not take to the idea and put up barriers to keep her from succeeding. Very well acted and believable characters. & also has a great twist ending! :)

May 19, 2019

One reviewer said simply, "dreadful" which is true in that the story feels dreadful. But, the movie is well acted, with a particularly delightful young girl actor, it is beautifully set, and, although I have yet to read the story, it is a story well told. This is a very good movie.

Martha C Benner
May 18, 2019

Enjoyed this book so much but I love books and bookshops everywhere.

May 16, 2019


PERF: A compassionate movie about a lady- full of courage -anxious to open a bookshop in a community that is not too keen on the idea.


May 12, 2019

Disclaimer: I did not read the beloved book. I love all these actors, and they seem to do a splendid job, but..... A story about vicious back-biting in a small town determined to stymie an honest woman - but there is likely something lost in translation - the movie left me flat and asking questions about the plot. Maybe I'll go read the book - it's probably better than the movie.

May 04, 2019


May 03, 2019

A lovely, gentle film about two decent people (Emily Mortimer and a terrific Bill Nighy) caught in a village of hypocrites and intriguers under the sway of an aging, ruthless Patricia Clarkson. You'll be hoping these rotters will get their well deserved comeuppance in the end. An excellent evening's entertainment, with the bonus of a great line about the Brontë sisters delivered deadpan by Bill Nighy.

Apr 22, 2019

Well-crafted, well-acted tale of a woman, Florence Green, who moves to a small town in Britain with the dream of opening up a bookshop. Getting to know the new community, she gets caught up in small-town politics as she learns that the space she has chosen for her shop, vacant for seven years, is suddenly being targeted as the preferred spot to open an arts center desired by the town's unofficial woman of influence, Mrs. Gamart. While the success of the bookshop begins to have influence over a variety of the townspeople, Mrs. Green's refusal to capitulate to the whims of Mrs. Gamart leads to a sudden series of unfortunate events impacting Mrs. Green. With the support of an unexpected friendship, she does what she can to hang onto her dream.

kingcrimsonfan Apr 04, 2019

The plot development is a little slow, but it is still quite an enjoyable film. Patricia Clarkson's character is deliciously wicked! This film certainly makes one pine for the good old days when we browsed at our own favorite bookshops. Hope you enjoy the movie as much as we did.

Apr 02, 2019

Set in England yr 1959
Isabel Coixet (Director) ; Emily Mortimer, main character; likeable;
The Bookshop received European movie attention with 4 wins and 33 nominations
see the imbd site for details
I advise that you not read about the entire plot before watching.

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Apr 01, 2019

The best quotes are in IMDb already:

My favorite, not that I concur totally:
Edmund Brundish: Old age is not the same thing as historical interest. Otherwise you and I would be far more interesting than we are.


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