Sometimes, Always, Never

February 5, 2020

In Carl Hunter’s debut feature, Bill Nighy shines as Alan, an eccentric, retired tailor with a uniquely keen talent for Scrabble — and for hustling strangers in games. However, the pleasure he takes in Scrabble is tainted by the memory of his long-lost son, who stormed out while playing one night and was never seen again.

Shielding himself from the cruelties of the world with a cloak of quirky peculiarities and a gruff demeanor, Alan has made it his life’s work to locate his missing son. His efforts haven’t yielded much, except to effectively estrange him from his other son, Peter, whose feelings of being second-best aren’t much assuaged by his father’s obsessive quest.

When Alan moves in with Peter and his family to improve their relationship, he manages to make gentle inroads with Peter’s introverted adolescent son, Jack - a demonstration of paternal connection that Peter resents in more ways than one. While living with Peter, Alan comes across an online Scrabble player who plays in a fashion eerily similar to that of his missing son. As the mystery of the online player's identity deepens, Alan and Peter's strained relationship teeters on the brink of calamity.

“This film is a distinct, articulate pleasure.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

United Kingdom
Rated: PG 13
90 minutes
4 - 5:30 & 7 - 8:30

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