Keeping Mum (2005)
UK / English
"Some family secrets are best kept...buried. "A pastor (Atkinson) preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.
Surprisingly wonderful English comedy
This is an almost perfect "naughty" English comedy whose humour is too
complicated to be described. Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, and the rest
of the cast are perfect. This is the most understated I have ever seen
Atkinson, and marks an interesting evolution for him. Two young ladies
in front of me were still giggling halfway through the closing credits,
and the entire audience, judging from the laughter, had a great time. I
chuckled all the way home - think I'll go see it again tonight, as I
have an "Unlimited" card, so can see as many movies as I like for 11
pounds a month.
Seriously, this is not a "sweetness-and-light" comedy - it has a dark
side, which is evident from the beginning, but that aspect drives the
humour, because it touches feelings in us which we must restrain, but
in watching the film we are allowed to indulge them. It also has a lot
of very deep things to say about marriage and religion (Atkinson plays
a shy, self- absorbed country vicar with a beautiful wife and daughter
whom he neglects) without indulging in the usual superficial
post-modern ironic attacks on either institution. In fact, it has some
very intelligent things to say about both of them.
You really must see this movie - it is a gem - if you know people who
don't normally go to the movies (like older in-laws) urge them to see
this one, or at least rent the DVD.
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