15 October 2006 | grabberlime
Reuniting A Fine Pair of Character Actors
Finney & Courtenay are teamed again in this tale of two widowers who are drawn together by a well meaning social services worker.
Finney seems at first coolly detached from his loss, while Courtenay is the far more visibly shaken of the two. Finney is essentially left with a lifetime interest in his home and a small annual stipend by his late wife. Courtenay needs companionship. The social worker brings them together in a marriage of convenience.
Finney assumes the role of the master of the house and Courtenay essentially the man servant.For those who enjoyed the pair in 1984's The Dresser, Courtenay calling Finney "Sir" will bring a smile to your face.
As the plot evolves, we see Finney deteriorating while Courtenay steps up to the plate to assume the more dominant role. Both are forced to face tragedy again during their time together and learn to adapt.
The film deals with how people deal with grief, or choose not, and in the end, how we all must make that choice.