The Remains of the Day

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Released 1993

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Director:
James Ivory
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG

The Remains of the Day is the acclaimed 1993 drama romance adaptation of the celebrated novel by Kazuo Ishiguro directed by James Ivey (A Room with a View, Howard's End). Darlington Hall had been sold to a rich American politician (Christopher Reeve), the old Lord has died without an heir. Stevens (Anthony Hopkins), the butler stays still in contact with a former housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), for she might return to run the house. Their story is then told in flashback. In the 30's, Lord Darlington (James Fox) is a fierce supporter of Hitler, believing that the Nazis will rebuild Germany and make it a proud nation once again. In these turbulent days, Stevens serves his master without ever doubting him. Even when he finally is alarmed, he does what he is told. Love blossoms between him and Miss Kenton, though he cannot admit it. He suppresses his feelings, unable to show any form of emotion. She desperately tries to get an emotional response from him, fighting with him, shouting at him over some nonsense. But she cannot reach him emotionally. Finally she agrees to marry a man she doesn't love to force Stevens to finally admit his feelings for her.

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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Detractors will see the usual parade of repressed feelings in a Masterpiece Theatre setting. Those who look closer will find one of the best films of the year.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior This curious, cloistered piece... is continuously absorbing but lacks the emotional resonance that would have made it compl...

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    Drama

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    Love & Romance, Historical