The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2023)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a British drama starring Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent as Harold and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) as his wife Maureen.
The film tells the story of a man who leaves his seaside town in South Devon to deliver a message to an old friend.
Harold Fry was never meant to be a hero. He’s an unremarkable man who has failed at all the important things: being a husband, a father and a friend. Now, well into his 60s, he is content to fade quietly into the background of life. But when Harold learns his friend Queenie is dying, he is moved to act. He leaves home, walking to the post box to send her a letter, until he realises a letter is not enough. In that moment Harold decides to keep walking, all the way to her hospice, some 500 miles away in Berwick-upon-Tweed: as long as he walks, Queenie must live.
Surprising himself as much as his wife Maureen, Harold embarks on a walk of hope, determined to travel the length of England to save his friend.
“Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton are superb in this moving adaptation of Rachel Joyce’s novel”
The Times ★★★★
“This politely unassuming little film builds into a wrenching examination of grief, guilt and eventual closure”
The Guardian ★★★★
“Broadbent is perfectly cast”