Alan (Bill Nighy) is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble.
With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter (Sam Riley) and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. While the story is set in Lancashire and Merseyside, director Hunter has given the film a fairy-tale quality (think Aki Kaurismaki or Wes Anderson), together with a peculiar sense of timelessness. Bill Nighy’s characters seem to always be pessimistic, but an irresistible desire to look for the joke lurking behind the bad news keeps breaking through and brightening the picture. The great British cast also includes Jenny Agutter and Tom McInnerny.
UK 2018 Carl Hunter 91m