This film is touching and incredibly thought-provoking. It is essentially a story of loss and rememberance, but tells so much more.
It is about a man's desire to express his feelings through his writing and make those thoughts public. However he is unwilling to adapt his writing to appeal to a wider audience and becomes ever more drawn into his childhood memories and away from his relationships, primarily with his girlfriend but ultimately with friends and colleagues alike.
Paul is excellent as Tony Hudson in this film - the main character who almost loses that which is very precious to him.
The other actors play a variety of roles which I have to admit to finding slightly confusing at the beginning. As the film wore on, however, I grew to like this idea as the focus remained on the story itself and not on any one individual character/actor.
Gary Kemp's roles, in particular, were quite different, and demonstrated his ability to change characters and still be incredibly believable.
There were some very emotive scenes in France and watching this film on Remembrance Sunday was particularly poignant.
In the discussion following the film, Barry Bliss was asked why the many roles for the cast and was it a financial decision. Although this may have been a factor the predominant reason was to echo the old time of theatres, when actors would have taken on many roles (both on and off-stage).
I found the film very interesting and thought provoking and was glad I had the opportunity to listen to the director and actors discuss it afterwards to explain some of the history - the financial problems, the belief and dedication of the cast etc.
This film deserves a wider audience and with financial backing will hopefully get that chance.