This TV movie gained a little higher profile yesterday with its double Emmy win (for Best made-for-TV movie and Best Supporting Actress in a made-for-TV movie.) So, I thought I’d repost my original review from last September:
I caught this when it originally aired on HBO and was pleasantly surprised. Two charming performances by Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald anchor a sweet, unconventional romance set against the G8 Summit, of all things. He’s an advisor to the Exchequer, with little more in his life than work. She’s a lonely Scottish woman he happens to meet in a cafe (in a great “meet cute” scene.) In very little time both of these withdrawn characters have formed a tenuous relationship when Nighy’s character uncharacteristically invites her along with him to Reykjavik. This is a muted, adult romance that’s rooted in character study. While the ending doesn’t live up to the promising first half, it’s still worth while for Nighy’s subtle, wonderful performance.