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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Spirit_of_Che
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.

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22950004666806
Mar 28, 2017

Book was too wordy and mediocre at best... movie even worse. Don't waste your valuable time! Rowling riding on her past reputation only.

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Charmed03
Mar 04, 2017

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

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tenet
Feb 18, 2017

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

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LynJoan
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.

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daysleeper236
Aug 29, 2016

I didn't like the book but I highly enjoyed this mini series. Complex characters set in a beautiful English village, topped off with a gorgeous soundtrack. Well done.

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TheeAvebury
Aug 13, 2016

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

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herbel
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.

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Earlgrey454
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.

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8217549
Jun 03, 2016

READ THE BOOK then watch the mini series. How can anyone fit 500 page book into three hours movie?

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jimg2000
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!

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jimg2000
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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jescar82
Dec 07, 2015

jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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