Hampstead centers on Emily (Diane Keaton), a widow who’s living in the upper class confines of London’s most desirable neighborhoods. Emily’s sheltered life takes a turn for the unexpected after she meets an Irish squatter named Donald (Brendan Gleeson) who has been living off the land across her apartment. For years Donald has lived off the land, living in a makeshift cabin and doing his best to keep to himself.
When his home is threatened when real estate developers come knocking on his door, Emily teams up with Donald to stop the process and keep his home. These mismatched loners ultimately form a romantic bond, but can it weather the stress caused by their respective fight against this planned development?
Keaton and Gleeson both deliver resonant work in what ends up being a light and engaging comedy. Now playing in select theaters and available on VOD, Hampstead is worth a watch if you’re a fan of romantic comedies and are enthusiasts of the lead actors. Other films covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts include Funan, I Am Mother, and Maiden. Take a listen below!