Emily Mortimer plays widow Florence in The Bookshop.

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PG, 113 minutes

Spanish writer-director Isabel Coixet takes on the job of adapting Penelope's Fitzgerald's satirical antidote to quaint English village life. Some of Fitzgerald's sharp edges have been planed away in this story of widow Florence (Emily Mortimer) who takes on a local queen bee to set up the town's first bookshop. Bill Nighy is one of the village's eccentrics, shambling artfully through the action as the reclusive Mr Brundish, Florence's best customer. SH

Patricia Clarkson plays queen bee Violet Gamart in The Bookshop.

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