Run time: 86 mins
Timothy Spall heads up this modest, heartwarming drama about a widower on one final adventure.
Opening in flashback in 1952, couple Tom and Mary are forced to leave their home at Land’s End and travel to the far point of John O’Groats, where, decades later, we catch up with them in their autumn years. Tom’s quiet, unassuming life of retirement however is shattered when Mary tragically passes away.
Keeping an old promise and determined to bring his Mary’s ashes back home, he begins a cross-Britain pilgrimage to Lands End utilising the free bus network that he can access with his travel pass. Armed with his map of the UK, precious brown suitcase and a habit of nodding off, he learns to rely on a string of kind-hearted strangers along the way and by the end of his trip he is destined to become a social media celebrity.
Timothy Spall’s eternal face of confusion hides the raw emotion of the memories with the woman he just lost. It’s a touching performance, befitting of the charming nature of this short but sweet tale of devotion and dedication. (Chris Coetsee)