(Great Britain, 2008, 132 minutes)
In 1930s England, an aspiring artist reading History at Oxford strikes a friendship with a sensitive schoolmate from an aristocratic, devout household that will change their lives forever. Thoughtful adaptation of an acclaimed novel that tries hard, and succeeds to a point, to step out of the shadow of the award-winning 1981 TV series by focusing on the story's religious undertone; a little more personality in the handling might have been welcome.
The UK Film Council, Hanway Films and BBC Films present, in association with 2 Entertain and Screen Yorkshire, an Ecosse Films production for Miramax Films, The UK Film Council and BBC Films. Starring Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell; with Emma Thompson; with Michael Gambon; Greta Scacchi, Jonathan Cake, Patrick Malahide, Ed Stoppard. Directed by Julian Jarrold; produced by Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae, Kevin Loader; screenplay by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited; music by Adrian Johnston; director of photography (DeLuxe, Panavision), Jess Hall; production designer, Alice Normington; costume designer, Eimer ni Mhaoldomhnaigh; film editor, Chris Gill.