Last Chance Harvey

IT’S ABOUT FIRST LOVES, LAST CHANCES AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

Down-on-his-luck jingle writer Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) goes to London to attend his daughter’s wedding and has a chance encounter with Kate Walker (Emma Thompson), an equally single and depressed saleswoman. After making Stranger Than Fiction (2006) together, the two stars looked for another project and found this sweet, romantic story about finding love when you least expect it. They are both so good that they make you forget the simplicity of the script; in the beginning Hoffman and Thompson look gray and downtrodden, but whenever they have scenes together they light up and you begin to see why anyone can fall in love with them. That’s masterful.

2008-U.S.-Britain. 90 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Tim Perell, Nicola Usborne. Written and directed by Joel Hopkins. Cast: Dustin Hoffman (Harvey Shine), Emma Thompson (Kate Walker), Kathy Baker, James Brolin, Eileen Atkins.

Last word: “The first time I emailed [Thompson] I’d written a 10-page treatment and I think I was hoping she’d come back and say: ‘That’s great Joel, let’s write it together.’ But she didn’t, she said: ‘Great, can’t wait to read the first draft.’ So, for one reason or another a year went by and I’d email her occasionally, but by the tone of her last email it was kind of clear that the next time I contacted her I had to be delivering the draft [laughs]. There had been enough niceties. She’s a very busy person but what I so respect her for is that she’s so organised and she will deliver on what she says she’ll do. I met her and she basically had her year mapped out but she kept to her word and the last bit proved quite a fairytale. I sent her the first draft, she responded straight away and then sent it on to Dustin, who also responded immediately. So, it fell into place pretty quickly once the script was written.” (Hopkins, indieLondon)

 

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