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Roger Michell gave us Notting Hill, Daniel Craig and a very English take on ageing

Telegraph
 26 days ago

Cover picture for the articleYou know the scene. We’re in a travel bookshop in a certain cosmopolitan district of west London. Its owner, an English man in his late 30s, handsome in a crumpled way, stands behind the counter, opposite a strikingly beautiful American woman a few years his junior, with a smile like a halogen spotlight. But her smile is fixed: she’s just asked him if the two might have a romantic future together, and has been gently but firmly rebuffed. The status gap between the two is just too big to overcome, the man explains: she’s a world-famous movie star; he’s a nobody and happy to remain so. Still her smile remains, but her eyes begin to gleam with sadness. “Don’t forget,” she says. “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

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