Friday, August 31, 2018

New Movie, The Bookshop, Deserves an Oscar

“You’re never alone in a bookshop.”

Words spoken in a movie, The Bookshop.

Never truer.

The life of books comes to be in this wonderful film that is not just about books, but the enterprising spirit and what one would do to preserve it while another goes all out to try to crush it.

It’s also about love and love denied.  It’s about the forceful powers of good in some people, evil in others. It’s also about the appreciation of words – spoken, unsaid, written, and printed.

In case you can’t tell, I loved this movie.  It probably won’t be big at the box office, simply because artsy movies don’t get the distribution that they deserve.  But it should be shown everywhere.

The acting is powerful.  Bill Nighy utters his performance with a certain mix of frustration in his voice but an inner desire to do what is right, a muted power that commands your attention.  Emily Mortimer brought a certain elegance, beauty, and passion to the screen that is not often seen.  A young, budding talent can be viewed in Honor Kneafsey and a modern-day wicked soul was played undeniably well by Patricia Clarkson.

The movie takes place in a seaside town of England, 1959, where a controlling woman wants to run her town with the cold, efficient, but polite-to-your-face manner of Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life. Along comes a mid-life widow who decides to follow her passion and open a bookstore in a town lacking one. As the two do battle, other stories develop. But all throughout you feel the power of books coming from the shelves of her bookstore.

The movie provides texture, the way you feel when you let your fingertips meander across a velvet rope or a soft, leather couch.  The filming, editing, dialogue, and acting truly come together in a cohesive manner, allowing you to experience through all of your senses.  You could even taste and smell when you are thrust into this thoughtful, touching and engaging story.

“The film possesses such a clear passion and advocacy for writing, knowledge and personal expression that it emerges as a largely worthy and poignant accomplishment, especially given the vanishing state these days of that beloved institution known as the book shop.”
--Los Angeles Times

Books represent ideas, knowledge, and dreams.  The town that closes itself off from a bookstore is shutting down the minds of others.  But when books flourish and their words are allowed to be consumed by any and all, even those who believe themselves not to be bookish will feel a warming towards the worlds books can craft for us.  Books, as we see in the film can be a gift that one hands to another.  If you want to feel anger, love, revenge, beauty – and feel for books – go see The Bookshop.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America and participated in a PR panel at the Sarah Lawrence College Writers Institute Conference.

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