Starring familiar faces such as Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly, Dustin Hoffman’s assured and affectionate directorial debut is as amusing as it is moving. Handling both cast and subject matter sensitively but confidently, he crafts an effortlessly charming film. From a range of UK production companies, including BBC Films.
Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) – a once-famous opera prima donna – causes uproar with her arrival at a luxury British home for retired performers. While Reginald (Tom Courtenay) takes this hardest as her spurned ex-lover, other residents such as Cissy (Pauline Collins) and Wilf (Billy Connolly) try to convince Jean to take part in their yearly concert, but she refuses to sing, unwilling to taint the memory of her once-perfect voice.