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Hope Gap

Hope Gap

  • Directed by William Nicholson
  • Starring Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Aiysha Hart, Josh O'Connor, Nicholas Burns, Rose Keegan
  • UK | 101mins | 2019 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1hr 41m


Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy), married for 29 years, live in a small seaside town near a cove under the cliffs called Hope Gap. When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes to visit for the weekend, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace, that same day.
Tracking the unraveling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, and anger, to a resolution of sorts.

There are no villains; only good people who’ve lived too long with old mistakes and are now paying the price. There are no easy answers and no simple paths to redemption. A husband, a wife, a son are forced to face hard truths, and out of those truths to fashion new lives. In the end, Hope Gap is a story of survival. Unraveled and feeling displaced in her small seaside town, Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice.

Filmmaker William Nicholson's anatomy of his parents' own broken marriage rides high on superb performances from Annette Bening and Bill Nighy and raw emotions that cut deep.