Literary genius Samuel Beckett lived a rich and varied life: Parisian bon vivant, WWII Resistance fighter, and Nobel Prize-winning playwright. But despite all the adulation that came his way, he remained acutely conscious of his own shortcomings. Award-winning actor Gabriel Byrne takes centre stage in this sweeping portrayal of Beckett’s life, a narrative told through his tumultuous relationships with renowned novelist James Joyce, his devoted wife Suzanne, and his passionate lover Barbara Bray.
‘Byrne is rather good in the role, his rueful, craggy face a battleground for a war between Beckett’s self-regard and his self-loathing.’
Wendy Ide, The Observer
‘The film can be a treat to look at, shot mostly in glowing, milky black and white. And performances range from sturdy to superlative.’
Danny Leigh, The FT
What else is on?
Today (Thursday 22nd February)
Tomorrow (Friday 23rd February)
Plan your visit
Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!