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Ever After

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Ever After

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
121 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/31/98
performer:
Drew Barrymore, Patrick Godfrey, Anjelica Huston, Melanie Lynskey, Megan Dodds, Judy Parfitt, Dougray Scott
director:
Andy Tennant
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
65251
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Romance

We gave it an A-

”These are, I should warn you, the words of a dead man,” is the wounded thrust that begins Graham Swift’s witty, gloomstruck mid-life meditation of a man who has outlived everything, including his own desire to live. Having survived the deaths of his mother, stepfather, and wife as well as his own botched suicide, Bill Unwin has decided to inter himself in academia.

Why go on? The questions that drive Unwin don’t exactly make for pedal-to-the-metal narrative. But, as he demonstrated in Out of This World, Swift is superb at detailing shades of bereavement, alienation, and bemusement, genuine sorrow and gallows mirth. ”Who lets a Big Question upset his small, safe world?” asks Unwin at Ever After‘s midpoint. Few writers could turn the answer into such compelling prose.

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