The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

DVD - 2015
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Pagford is a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty facade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems.


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Jan 13, 2019

Mean, petty, shallow, uncaring people. Yuck. Class snobbery, under valuing and misinterpreting people because it’s easy. Excellent performances. “Especially Abigail Lawrie, as Krystal, the Anne Boleyn of Pagford”.

Jun 04, 2017

Terrible movie, I stopped after 15 minutes. I like Michael Gambon but this was far from his best. A trite, overly done story of the rich manipulating the lower classes. Ho hum, this has been done so many times it is a cliché. Just a bunch of people treating each other badly. I can see that in real life I don't have to watch a movie.

Mar 04, 2017

Didn't waste my time after 20 pages of the book and 10 min. of the movie.

Feb 18, 2017

Rated 1/10. One word: 'Inexplicable'.

Sep 12, 2016

If you are a "block-buster person", give this a miss. This is a fabulous film for you if you like an incredible presentation of an honest story with strong aspects of social commentary and the injustice of wealth in our societies. There is some grit, but nothing that is gratuitous. The character studies are incredible and the story so amazing. Reminiscent of 'The Street' combined with a little of Dickens social conscience, this story will stay with you for days as you unravel the complexity and beauty of this mini series.

Aug 13, 2016

Terrible film- I was expecting a lot more from the author of Harry Potter.

Jul 24, 2016

Couldn't stand the book--very longwinded and wordy. But this rewrite by Phelps is great. Moves the characters and storyline forward. Brilliant acting by some old greats and outstanding newcomers. Look forward to seeing the next in the TV series that has already come out in UK.

Jul 22, 2016

A real mess of a story. Why did they even bother to make a film of it? I guess because of the author's immense fame and wealth.

Apr 11, 2016

The movie is a well-done version of the book but no movie can capture the wry humor and fantastic turn-of-phrase at which Rowling is an adept. In the book she turns a jaundiced eye on pretentious hypocrites who see society's underdogs as little more than a blight on their supposedly better-functioning world. The punctuation of the book is also worthy of study. Rowlings seems to be or have a very good proof-reader.

Mar 21, 2016

Turned it off after 15 minutes- not very good at all.

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Sep 06, 2015

Parminder: How much did your heart surgery cost? Your stay in hospital? All the staff, the drugs, the medication you are on now, how much did that cost?
Howard: What?
Parminder: And you're supposed to honour that work that's done on you by staying below a certain weight, but you don't, you eat and eat and eat, you're practically mainlining foie gras into your eyeballs. ... So all that medication has to be doubled, trebled, because you've made a lifestyle choice and it all costs, right down to that cream for that disgusting rash under your belly, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of $pounds. ... Which means that you, Howard, are a bloody hypocrite!

Sep 06, 2015

Barry stood up to make his case on the development of Sweetlove House: ... The parish council's not here to make a quick buck for somebody who already has more than enough. We are the guardians of something unique. We are the custodians and the stewards of a shining principle. We do not turn our backs and look away from people in need. Our vote is in response to a simple question enshrined in law. In law. Is the legacy still of benefit? Yes. It has never been so important. Never! When we vote, we must vote to protect it. It's that simple.

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Dec 07, 2015

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