‘Hampstead,’ directed by Joel Hopkins

Movie, 2017

A film whose premise doesn’t promise much, but which in a charming, uncomplicated way, delivers. Yes, this is a film about class and mannered societal behaviour, whose nuances are hard to find and which could be accused of being a little patronising. The film also has a backs to the wall, stick up for the underdog and – very politely – stick it to the man feel about it. But then again, the lead actors and the unlikely relationship between their characters, while inevitable to some extent, is still a thing which feels at least a little fresh. As does the setting and overall feel – while there are moments of gentleness and cosiness, a few hints and whiffs of the modern day make the film gently compelling.

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