Film Review: The Remains of the Day (1993)

PG | 2h 14min | Drama, Romance | 19 November 1993 (USA)

DIRECTOR: James Ivory
WRITERS: Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox, Christopher Reeve, Hugh Grant

SYNOPSIS: A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

Mr. Stevens really wasted his life.
The lesson for him was he should have permitted himself to give into to his own feelings, convictions and personal needs even while serving Lord Darlington.


The most painful scene for me was the night Miss Kenton wanted to know what book he was reading and he backed into a corner to keep it away from her. Even when she moved in close to take the book from him he remained withdrawn, confused, embarrassed, repressed. If he had kissed her it would have changed everything for them. Or maybe she should have kissed him?

I certainly hope that this was not a common syndrome among service people at that time. If so, it is tragic. But I think this really did occur. Which is part of Ishiguro's brilliance. He explores human stagnation at the simplest level.

Hugh Grant in one of his first roles. He is so young you hardly recognize him.

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