Director: Isabel Coixet Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Honor Kneafsey & Patricia Clarkson, Run time: 113 mins
England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grande dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.