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by Carl Hunter


Sharp of suit and vocabulary, Bill Nighy is winningly deadpan as Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (a sensitive turn by Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship. Working from a typically witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People), director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate. 

international title: Sometimes Always Never
original title: Sometimes Always Never
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Double Dutch International (CA)
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Carl Hunter
film run: 91'
screenplay: Frank Cottrell Boyce
cast: Jenny Agutter, Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Tim McInnerny, Alice Lowe, Andrew Shim, Louis Healy, John Westley, Ella-Grace Gregoire
cinematography by: Richard Stoddard
film editing: Stephen Haren
art director: Tim Dickel
costumes designer: Lance Milligan
producer: Roy Boulter, Alan Latham, Sol Papadopoulos
executive producer: Kirsty Bell, Alastair Burlingham, Andrea Gibson, Matthew Helderman, Julian Hicks, Geoffrey Iles, Sarada McDermott, Jason Moring
production: Hurricane Films Ltd, Goldfinch Entertainment
backing: BondIt (US)
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