Not Another Happy Ending
Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Amy Manson, Iain de Caestecker, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor, Gary Lewis, Henry Ian Cusick
Quintessential romantic comedy with a sexy and skilful cast.
Karen Gillan stars as Jane, a young Glasgow writer whose first novel is a success, thanks in part to the editing of her sympathetic but businessminded publisher, Tom (Stanley Weber). Reconciled with her estranged father (Gary Lewis) and embarked on a new relationship with a handsome and self-absorbed writer (Henry Ian Cusick), Jane comes down with a severe case of writer’s block while struggling with her second novel. Tom believes that this is because she is too happy, so he resorts to drastic measures to get her unblocked. In scenes that are among the wittiest and most engaging of the film, Jane carries on a conversation with an alter ego, the heroine of her workin- progress (Amy Manson), who appears at her side to provide criticism and advice. Of course, these conversations appear one-sided to any bewildered people who happen to be nearby. Gillan’s performance carries this bright and smoothly-done romantic comedy. Her mobile features indicate her vulnerability and her susceptibility to the people around her. At the same time, she conveys a winning optimism that becomes the keynote of the character. The film benefits from a lively portrait of Glasgow, which is presented as the bustling, idyllic centre of various kinds of activity — professional, creative, relaxing and romantic — and the perfect place, in fact, for yet another happy ending.
30 June, 20:45 at Festival Theatre
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