Fred Schepisi’s adaptation of Graham Swift’s prize-winning novel is a quietly graceful portrait of four working-class Brits, bound by years of friendship, that unites some of England’s finest actors in a powerful and deeply moving ensemble production. Michael Caine stars as Jack Dodd, the charismatic leader of the group, whose death and last wishes sends his friends on a nostalgic journey from London to Margate to scatter Jack’s ashes in the sea. After forty years of warming the seats at their favourite pub, long-time friends and WWII veterans Ray (Bob Hoskins), Lenny (David Hemmings), and Vic (Tom Courtenay) are forced to face the loss of one of their own as they make the “epic” journey accompanied by Jack’s flashy, prodigal son Vince (Ray Winstone). Noticeably absent from the group is Jack’s long-suffering widow Amy (Helen Mirren), who travels to visit her autistic daughter instead of accompanying her husband’s ashes, in a painful journey of her own which sheds light on her complex relationship with Jack. As the four men make their way to Margate, going from pub to pub, they reflect on a lifetime of memories of Jack, which are recreated in a series of multi-layered flashbacks that explore the delicate interweaving of their friendships; full of secrets, resentments, and deeply rooted loyalty. Schepisi masterfully handles the multidimensional plot lines while deftly allowing his talented cast to portray their flawed and profoundly ordinary characters.