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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.
Patrick Monckton Bob (Pond Workman)
James Booth Mr. Brown
Emilia Fox Rosie Jones
Liz Smith Mrs. Parker
Toby Parkes Peter Goodfellow
Tamsin Egerton Holly Goodfellow
Patrick Swayze Lance
Maggie Smith Grace Hawkins
Kristin Scott Thomas Gloria Goodfellow
Rowan Atkinson Reverend Walter Goodfellow
Rowley Irlam Ted (Pond Workman)
Vivienne Moore Mrs. Martin
Murray McArthur Vicar's Convention Master Of Ceremonies
Morgan Gower Reverend Campbell
Rupert Simonian Billy Martin the Bully
Alex MacQueen Train Ticket Collector
Paul Viragh Policeman on Train
Tony Denham Police Interrogator (as Anthony Denham)
Roger Hammond The Judge
Andy Jones Mark (Boyfriend #1) (as Andrew Thomas Jones)
Jack Ryan David (Boyfriend #2)
Nazim Kourgli Grant The Goth (Boyfriend #3)
Jack Zimmermann Jeremy Z (Boyfriend #4)
Terry Alderton TV Chat Show Presenter
David Schaal TV Chat Show Pundit #1
Chrissie Cotterill TV Chat Show Pundit #2
Rory Dorling Billy Martin's Gang
James Galloway Billy Martin's Gang
Max Murley Billy Martin's Gang
Kelly Clarence the Dog
Andrew Dixon Vicar (uncredited)
Allan Arthur Fielding Reverend at Conference (uncredited)
Director: Niall Johnson
Producer: Julia Palau,Matthew Payne
Writer: Richard Russo,Niall Johnson
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.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 6.8
Musician: Dickon Hinchliffe
Running time: 103 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [Swedish]
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 13:11:04