DVD - 2012
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John Simm plays Tom Ronstadt, a successful London journalist who, with his career and life in trouble, returns to his hometown in Lancashire for the first time in 18 years. He finds his father Sam (Jim Broadbent), who Tom idolised as a child, in the grip of Alzheimer's - a once formidable man now being cared for by his sister Nancy (Olivia Colman). Over the three episodes Tom unravels the mystery linked to his childhood that drove him away all those years ago. As his frustrations grow with his father's failure to remember the past, he persists unaware that he is unearthing a devastating crime that will reveal secrets he could never have imagined.
Publisher: [Australia] : FremantleMedia Enterprises, 2012
Branch Call Number: DVD TV EXIL
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in


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May 15, 2017

Jim Broadbent is good, but otherwise, a waste of time.

Jun 13, 2015

The potential of this two-part series is undermined by John Simm, for whom acting appears to be synonymous with shouting. In contrast, Olivia Colman (from Broadchurch) is just right as his sister. The story begins well but takes forever to develop and turns increasingly implausible towards the end.

Nov 30, 2014

The first disc put me to sleep (literally) -- I found it hard to feel sorry for John Simm with his fancy looking perfect expensive sports car -- give me a break -- stop pouting!

The second disc was much better. The acting is good. It's an interesting thriller about identity, respect and love.

Aug 16, 2014

A couple of gaffes in casting--John Simm as a playboy-type who beds whomever he pleases, and claiming that his sister is 35-years-old(!)--are forgivable in this especially intriguing Brit made-for-TV film that's very well worth catching. Three hours long and set in two lengthy parts that never come even close to boring, it's very well acted (Jim Broadbent being outstanding, as ever) and has a plot that takes a heap of plausible bends and turns and twists.
If there's one salient flaw, though, especially for a guy with a hearing problem and who's as clueless with a Scouser accent as with a Cockney one--it's in the silliest department of all: NO CAPTIONS for the hearing impaired. When will the Brits twig to the fact that adding them will at least double their audience size? No such luck.
Otherwise, a brilliant production in most every way.

Jul 08, 2014

How can you go wrong with John Simm and Jim Broadbent? You just can't. And this is a clear example of that. These fellas have amazing chemistry and know their characters well. The story line is brilliantly painful and well worth investing the time. Needless to say, i thoroughly enjoyed it.

harrybrowne Mar 31, 2014

Gripping, gut-wrenching and enthralling from start to finish. John Simm plays a very different role than he did in Life on Mars but he is no less terrific. Eerie music that matches the story. Original script from a very talented writer.

Aug 09, 2013

This was an interesting & totally believable story of a young man trying to find out what happened in his family that made him leave home.
The father who has AZ is being cared for by his sister Nancy, his interactions with his father only frustrate his inquires. The father character with AZ is well played. I did not like the son (John Simm), he ignores his sister, has his flings, drinks a lot. However he does find the answer.
Not bad even sad.

voisjoe1 Jun 13, 2013

John Simm plays Tom Ronstadt, estranged from his father over a violent incident when he was young, returns to his father’s home 18 years later to try to determine what their disagreement was about. He finds this to be more difficult than anticipated as his father (Jim Broadbent) is suffering from an advanced form of Alzheimer’s disease. This is a well-paced 180 minute TV drama about Alzheimers and an investigation into an 18 year-old case of a very bad family secret.

Apr 29, 2013

An excellent, touching, realistic and layered story of a man trying to understand his past while dealing with his father's Alzheimer's disease. Suspenseful, touching and at times very funny film. Jim Broadbent gives a fearless performance as the father.

Oct 17, 2012

This two part series is too long. They had a good story but it bogs down with a lot of detail and character development. The devastation caused by Alzheimer's on the individual afflicted and those around them is handled with empathy but one get's very tired of watching Jim Broadbent -the dad with the disease-staring off into space. There is some intrigue and mystery involving an investigative journalism story that the dad abandoned years ago and now his son is trying to figure out what really happened. Even the good performances can't save this from being a bit of a yawn.

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