As evidenced from the first rate drama Learning to Drive, director Isabel Coixet knows how to craft finely tuned and subtly evocative drams. One hopes she strikes a similar chord with The Bookshop, a 1959 tale about Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a widow who opens a bookshop in a conservative, English coastal town.
Florence, who is inspired by reading the works of Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita is prominently featured in the trailer), simply wants her fellow neighbors to enhance their passion for reading. Her path hits a giant road block when an influential woman (Learning to Drive’s Patricia Clarkson) objects to the bookshop, but with the support of a reclusive widower (Bill Nighy) maybe Florence will read happily ever after.
Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, The Bookshop opens nationwide August 24. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!