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The Lost King

Stephen Frears directs the true story of how Richard III‘s body was found under a parking lot in Leicester in 2012 due to the dogged research of hobby archeologist Philippa Langley (Sally Hawkins).

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THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS – Stephen Frears has a penchant for women who unwavering follow their own path, whether it’s an unusual career like the Queen, a self-appointed mission, or a personal eccentricity. Philippa Langley, played by Sally Hawkins in THE LOST KING, also has a mission. At a theater performance of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,“ she suddenly develops sympathy for the deformed King, perhaps also because she is battling MC/CFS herself and is often underestimated by her environment. She is convinced that the portrait unjustly turned him into an ostracized villain. She begins to research and contact a local division of the Richard III Society, where like-minded people and eccentric amateur historians meet. Her new interests doesn’t garner a lot of enthusiasm in the group, or rather, there’s barely anyone who is very interested in it: at work she’s ignored, the children are leading their own lives, her ex-husband (Steve Coogan, who was also involved in the screenplay) is physically present but emotionally distant. Frear’s directing of the story that is well-known in Britain but rather obscure here, the 2012 discovery of the body of Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, oscillates between being relaxed and confident and a bit too leisurely, like when Philippa keeps encountering the theater King Richard and discusses the progress of the investigation. Sally Hawkins, however, is perfect in the role of a marginalized woman in her mid 40s who doesn’t give up, even when everyone is slowly getting annoyed and the professionals are rolling their eyes.

Hendrike Bake (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

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Großbritannien 2022, 108 min
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Stephen Frears
Author: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
DOP: Zac Nicholson
Montage: Pia Di Ciaula
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Distributor: X Verleih
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan, Harry Lloyd, James Fleet, Sinead MacInnes, Jessica Hardwick, Phoebe Pryce
Release: 05.10.2023

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