In 1970 New England, a curmudgeonly prep school teacher is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to oversee a group of students with nowhere to go. He forms an unexpected bond with an intelligent but troubled student, as well as with the school’s head cook, a woman who just lost a son in the Vietnam War. This sharply written and bittersweet comedy, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne (Sideways), features a standout, Oscar-nominated lead performance by Paul Giamatti.
Nominated for 5 Oscars and 7 BAFTA Awards, including Best Film.
‘Consistently hilarious, undercut with melancholy and flecked with profundity, it’s a major return to form for Payne…Hilarious and heartfelt, it’s a tale to be treasured.’
Nick de Semlyen, Empire Magazine
‘David Hemingson’s terrific (and endlessly quotable) screenplay is delicately rigged with such bittersweet tensions, which never insist upon themselves but just sit there, keeping the viewer’s sympathies on their toes.’
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
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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!