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Last week, I reviewed the film version of Me Before You. Tina reviewed a book about the life of an Irish ex-pat actor on an olive farm in the Provence region of France: The Olive Farm. Heather reviewed Rebel Magisters, a book set in a steampunk, magical world where the Americans lost the Revolution but rebellion continues to brew. Becky reviewed the hefty historical novel The Quincunx, but found it pretty bleak. Sim took us to the Tower of London as part of her walking tour of London. Then, she shared how she’s convincing her Sherlock Holmes-obsessed husband to enjoy Paris, too.

Denial was one of the movies I discovered when I explored the BAFTAs, the  British Academy Film Awards, earlier this month. This film is based on the true story of an American professor and author who calls out David Irving, a British Holocaust denier, in her book. He sues for libel under the British court system where the burden of proof is on the defendant rather than the accuser as it is here in the US.

Denial theater posterI’m a little surprised that Denial didn’t make a bigger splash in the US since the main character, Deborah Lipstadt (played by Rachel Weisz), is American. Maybe it would have helped if they’d cast an American actress, but they are probably too expensive. Sherlock fans will enjoy the appearance of Andrew Scott, who I always want to call Moriarty, no matter what role he’s playing.

I liked learning about the differences between the American and British legal systems and enjoyed the court scenes.

The story, I suspect, is much more complicated than could be captured in a reasonable length movie. But, it all works to provide a dramatic story arc that kept us interested. For more details, Lipstadt wrote a book that the movie is based on — History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. 

Have you seen this film? What did you think?


Denial #FilmReview #BriFri — 5 Comments

  1. I wanted to see Denial but I haven’t yet. You raised a very interesting question when it comes to salary. I wonder if you’re right? It’s crazy to think the director couldn’t find a good American actor who would take a job on an meaningful film with an important message at a reasonable rate of pay! I heard Samuel L. Jackson ranting and raving about all the black British actors playing Americans in film and tv shows. He was really annoyed about it, casting aspersions on the ability of Briitish blacks to play African Americans because they aren’t subject to the same level of racism that black Americans are. He also threw out that the reason they’re hired is because they’re cheaper. I like Jackson as an actor but it was very nasty!

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