British villages seem to be rather scary places: Miss Marple never seemed to be short of a murder to solve, and as for Midsomer, well it’s a wonder there’s anyone left around there, given the serial killings that take place every week.
Last night we went to see the excellent British movie Keeping Mum, with its lead actors, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rowan Atkinson and Patrick Swayze, and set in Little Wallop (population 72).
I don’t want to give away any of the plot (if you might go to see it, don’t visit the official website linked above), but the story revolves around one family: the vicar’s wife, the vicar, their children, the new housekeeper, Grace, and a golf pro.
At first I found the movie very slow and rather dull and was wondering where it was going. Before long though, things picked up and became intriguing and even downright hilarious.
This black comedy is a gem. Maggie Smith, as always, was magnificent. I was dubious beforehand about Rowan Atkinson, but he was perfect for his role as the bumbling vicar, out of touch with the real world. The other leads were also excellent.
There was very nice character development, and a very amusing and clever unravelling of the plot, with even a surprise twist at the end.
If you feel like enjoying an hour and a half with some excellent British black comedy this one is a must-see.