Ralph Maitland (Hurt) is a celebrated screenwriter in his 70s who, having been diagnosed with a terminal illness, struggles to come to terms with his own mortality. His manner, evident in his interactions with his endlessly patient wife (Helin), is one of brusque, benign irritation. However, determined to rebuild the wreckage of his family and die with some semblance of dignity, Ralph vows to get his affairs in order. The late Sir John Hurt, here in his final performance, is utterly commanding as the vitriolic yet ultimately helpless protagonist.

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