Bill Nighy & Annette Bening in Trailer for Divorce Drama 'Hope Gap'

January 16, 2020
Source: YouTube

Hope Gap Trailer

"Fine isn't the same as happy. Now we're happy, aren't we Edward?" Roadside Attractions has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled Hope Gap, which first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall before stopping by the London Film Festival and FilmBath Festival. TIFF explains: "Featuring brilliant performances from Bill Nighy and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening, this exquisite drama from writer-director William Nicholson will resonate with anyone who has ever navigated the choppy waters of long-term love." The story follows a woman who, after 29 years of marriage, must deal with the challenges of divorce and splitting up. Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice. It also stars Josh O'Connor, Aiysha Hart, and Ryan McKen. A moving story about finding yourself at any age.

Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for William Nicholson's Hope Gap, from Roadside's YouTube:

Hope Gap Poster

The intimate, intense and loving story of Hope Gap charts the life of Grace (Annette Bening), shocked to learn her husband (Bill Nighy) is leaving her for someone else after 29 years of marriage, and the ensuing emotional fallout the dissolution has on their only grownup son (Josh O'Connor). Unraveled and feeling displaced in her small seaside town, Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice. Hope Gap is both written and directed by English filmmaker William Nicholson, his second feature film following Firelight previously, as well as episodes of "Everyman" for television. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival late last year. Roadside Attractions will release Nicholson's Hope Gap in select US theaters starting on March 6th, 2020 in just a few more months. Anyone interested in watching the film?

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You can pretty much know that this will at least be intelligent, well written and directed and acted; that's for certain. I love Bill Nighy in just about anything I've ever seen him in. Benning ain't half bad herself. However, the writer/director is the force behind this film. He wrote Shadowlands....just a great film and so well written I long for something like that these days. Alas, I never see anything close to that. So with Nicholson having written and directed this one with Nighy and Benning I'll have to see it...and even look forward to it.

thespiritbo on Jan 16, 2020


Thanks for mentioning Shadowlands. I'd never heard of it before and see it's directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Anthony Hopkins. Not sure how I missed that one, but it's on my must-see list now. Nice tip!

Charles Knowlton on Jan 16, 2020


You are welcome. I hope you do watch it and like it as much as I did and still do. Debra Winger is also the co-lead and both her and Hopkins hit on all cylinders. It's just a very adult and very intelligent film. God, I miss those kinds of films. I'm watching True Confessions with DeNiro and Robert Duvall from 1981. DeNiro did this right after Raging Bull and man the two characters are on opposite ends of the spectrum. One a crazed insecure boxer and the other a quiet, intelligent Priest. True Confessions is one of my after Shadowlands give it a whirl if you haven't seen it either. Cheers.

thespiritbo on Jan 17, 2020


Thanks again, I will re-watch True Confessions. I saw it many years ago and at the time it didn't leave much of an impression but I was just a kid and quite a different person back then. I have found watching movies years later can have a very different effect on me. Time for a second viewing of it.

Charles Knowlton on Jan 17, 2020


Most definitely films watched many years ago will be a different experience as we've gotten older and wiser...I say hopefully on Confessions is a pretty deep and complicated character study for a kid to take on and understand. I loved it back in '81, but I was 35 and been working in films for over 10 yrs. I loved it just as much when I watched it the other night. This time I picked up on a few problems I didn't see back then, but they were choices they made and were not mistakes. Just choices I didn't really agree with. Still, DeNiro is amazing playing the priest as it was so different from Raging Bull. Also, I didn't know this, but the director wanted him to play the cop Duvall played, but DeNiro wanted the priest. They also offered the cop role to Gene Hackman, but he turned them down. I like Hackman even more than I do Duvall, but Duvall is certainly on the same level as Hackman. Hope you enjoy and understand the film more this time around. I'm sure you will understand it much more than when you did as a kid.

thespiritbo on Jan 18, 2020


These two make an interesting pairing. That fact alone should be enough to consider this ...

shiboleth on Jan 17, 2020

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