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Dir: Bill Forsyth, 1987, USA, 116 mins, Cert: PG

Thu 19 December 2019 // 20:00

Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)

Orphaned following the death of their mother, young sisters Ruth and Lucille are raised by a succession of relatives in the small, backwater town of Fingerbone, Idaho, before eventually falling into the care of their itinerant aunt Sylvie (Christine Lahti). Sylvie’s eccentricities – sitting in the dark, napping on park benches – and her enigmatic personality initially enchant both the girls, but soon come to create distance between them, as well as provoke suspicion and concern amongst the more strait-laced townsfolk. Adapted from Marilynne Robinson’s much-loved début novel, Scottish director Bill Forsyth’s (Local HeroGregory’s Girl) first American movie is both a heartwarming coming-of-age drama and a haunting meditation on loss, loneliness, and how the past can continue to haunt the present.

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