Alan Bates plays Henry Sitchell, a colonial
stuffed shirt who arrives back in 1950 England for the funeral
of his wife, after five years of separation.
Their 12 year old son Clive (Ben Holden) has been left in
the care of kind Mrs Dewey (Geraldine James). He is a bright,
sensitive boy who finds his father's bombastic manner and obsession
with model railways appalling.
Both man and boy seem doomed to suffer their grief in dreadful
isolation. Writer Roger Eldridge has created a portrait of the
tightly buttoned emotional climate of post-war Britain. Jim Lee
directs gently, and Alan Bates is marvellous.
Difficult not to find yourself weeping freely at the end.