Film review: Love and Friendship

This would be a perfect candy of glamour and mischief if only it wasn’t over too soon.   Why do characters in costume dramas have to speak so quickly? The dialogue in this film is a fizzy delight but only if you have extremely quick-witted hearing, or if like me, you turn on the subtitles…

Film review: Lilting

2014   Little is shown in the cinema of how much bereaved people struggle to be kind to one another while containing the fury churned up by loss. We tie ourselves in knots. We fail. Mired in shame and remorse, we have no choice but to keep moving forward.   The films that have ventured…

Film review: This Is Where I Leave You

Based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name, this 2014 film is about a family of grown-up children returning home for their father’s funeral.   Director, Shawn Levy, is best known for Date Night, with Tina Fey, and the Night At The Museum films, with Ben Stiller. However viewers expecting a caper will find…

On the internet

Our regular round-up of good things to read, watch or listen to about grief (with no mention of politics or celebrity deaths).  

What we’re reading online

Woman’s Hour podcast with guest editor Jackie Kay Among the many topics covered are grief when you feel excluded from the funeral and there’s a tiny bit about grief as a refugee. Among the contributors are famed poet and also widow, Imtiaz Dharker and psychotherapist Philippa Perry http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07fdxyk The Myth of Closure Pauline Boss interviewed…

If we had a tv channel

Three things to watch: speeches to give you a boost; a little dramedy and an interview with a woman who became a technology pioneer when she was a forty-five year old two time widow and mum of four.

Things of interest on the internet

Our regular round-up of what we’ve been reading and watching online.