Iain Gray Freelance Writer

The Remains of the Day - Review

James Ivory’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel is a masterpiece of understatement, and a wonderful example of how noise is not always needed for compelling drama.

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Anthony Hopkins, in one of cinema’s truly great performances, plays an emotionally repressed butler who gives everything, including true love, in the service of a master who is both a moral and intellectual inferior.

Frustrating, funny and ultimately heartbreaking, this is perhaps the greatest, and certainly the quietest, story of unrequited love ever to be put on film.


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