16 October 2017

Gideon's Daughter

Gideon’s Daughter 2005
  • Director: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Miranda Richardson, Robert Lindsay, Ronni Ancona, Tom Hardy, Tom Goodman-Hill, Joanna Page
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Bill Nighy – Hotel Marigold 1 & 2, The World’s End, About Time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1, Doctor Who, The Boat that Rocked, Valkyria, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hot Fuzz, Notes on a Scandal, The Constant Gardener, The Girl in the Café, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Kiss Me Kate, Longitude
    • Emily Blunt – Snow White the Winter’s War, Into the Woods, Edge of Tomorrow, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Young Victoria, Sunshine Cleaning, Dan in Real Life, The Jane Austen Book Club, My Summer of Love
    • Miranda Richardson – Testament of Youth, Harry Potter, Young Victoria, Paris je t’aime, Wah-Wah, Absolutely Fabulous, The Hours, Spider, Get Carter, Sleepy Hollow, Black Adder, Kansas City, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Dance with a Stranger
    • Robert Lindsay – Extras, Absolutely Fabulous, The Office, Much Ado about Nothing, King Lear, Cymbeline, All’s Well that Ends Well, Twelfth Night
    • Tom Hardy – Legend, Mad Max Fury Road, The Dark Night Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Inception
    • Tom Goodman-Hill – Humans, The Hollow Crown, Case Histories, Hustle, Doctor Who, The Office
    • Joanna Page – Doctor Who, Love Actually, From Hell, Very Annie Mary
  • Why? Bill Nighy
  • Seen: 13 October 2017      

       It seems that Gideon (Nighy) is a PR guru doing huge things like the Queen’s millennium do and celebrity-studded premières while his pale daughter Natasha (Blunt) looks on in boredom. He’s drawn into the crusade of a violent fanatic trying to force the local council into taking the blame for his young son’s death.
       Then it seems that Natasha hates her father and is going to run off to South America.
       Gideon’s image-making services are very much in demand by the rich and powerful. He seeks escape and finds it with Stella (Richardson), the ex-wife of the fanatic, i.e. the mother of the dead boy. She works night at a local supermarket because she can’t bear to go to sleep.
       All of this is being narrated by Sneath (Lindsay) who is dictating his memoirs, in his pyjamas, to a young woman from a secretarial agency.
       What an odd meandering film. The acting is good – I expected nothing less with this cast – and there are some strong emotional moments. Quite a unique film, in fact.

4 * of 5   

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