1 AARP Movies for Grownups award: Best actress
Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film has a really authentic feel, not just because of leads Bell and Bening. The way this film uses editing jumps to reflect how memories fragment reality really urges you on to get invested as a viewer.
An extremely rewarding romantic drama and should appeal even to those unfamiliar with Gloria Grahame.
It’s very much Annette Bening and Jamie Bell’s film when all is said and done, and they are stunning in it.
Liverpool, 1978: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme-fatale, the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame, and her young lover, British actor Peter Turner, quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.
This big screen adaptation of Peter Turner’s memoir of his spring and autumn romance with the past-her-prime screen goddess Gloria Grahame is a touching piece. The film features two amazing lead performances by Annette Bening and Jamie Bell as the May/December couple. And Julie Walters is wonderful playing Bella, Pete’s mum and Gloria’s sympathetic caregiver. Director Paul McGuigan adds an intriguing element of theatricality by his artful transitions from past to present scenes without using cuts, rather with fluid camera sweeps. Intimate, beautiful, truthful…
UK 2017, 105 min, rated M (sexual references & offensive language)
Directed by Paul McGuigan
Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave & Kenneth Cranham