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Kilmington shows the films on a wide screen in the village hall with seating for 100. The first showing in Kilmington was in March 2005 with the film “Vanity Fair”. Since it started until December 2015 we have shown 74 films selling 5,661 tickets and raising £13,075 for the Village Hall funds.
Victoria & Abdul (PG) Wednesday 7th February 2018
The key to good service is standing still and looking backwards,” a royal functionary informs Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), before the Indian servant’s first, fateful meeting with Queen Victoria (Judi Dench). There’s no question that Victoria & Abdul, Stephen Frears’ new film about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing monarch and her young Muslim attendant known as “the Munshi” has both of those abilities down pat. Beginning with a coy disclaimer that avows what follows is “based on true events… mostly.
Prise off the lid and inside you’ll find an expectedly sensational performance from Dench, who returns to a role she played (and won a Bafta for) 20 years ago in Mrs Brown. But this time, there’s no bushy-bearded Billy Connolly in sight, and almost nothing for the actress to push against – least of all Abdul himself, who remains a doe-eyed and fawning blank slate throughout.
The film does make some cursory attempts to give them equal weight – it even begins with him, at the moment he was plucked from his position as a prison clerk in Uttar Pradesh in 1887 to present a ceremonial coin at Victoria’s Golden Jubilee banquet in England. (The job called for someone tall, and he apparently measured up.)
Meanwhile, Victoria, 68 years old and 16 years a widow, is a sack-like shape in a Windsor four-poster, emitting un-regal snores. Tired of the unremitting round of royal duties, she longs for novelty and colour – which the handsome, twinkling Abdul, full of wise teachings and swirling stories from the Raj, is delighted to provide.
“Life is a carpet,” he tells her. “We weave in and out to make a pattern.” The way Fazal delivers the line it actually sounds quite profound – and the pair’s early scenes together do have an amicable thrum and snap, as the Empress of India and this humble Muslim bookkeeper playfully sound each other out. There is a detour to the heathery fells of Balmoral, beautifully shot through gauzy rain by Danny Cohen, in which Victoria and Abdul travel by rowing boat to Glas-allt Shiel – the loch-side bothy where the Queen had met with John Brown.
“Oh I miss him, Abdul,” she says. “And Albert. Everyone I’ve loved has died, and I just go on and on.” The hot-and-cold screenplay by Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot) lets Dench use her last, much-celebrated appearance as Victoria to her advantage: this film is, after all, something of an encore, and by reminding us that we were standing here with her 20 years ago, her reflections on time’s passing pack a brawny emotional wallop.
We have no film in January.
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