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Sometimes Always Never, review: an oddball gem of Scrabble, sadness and English whimsy

Dir: Carl Hunter. Cast: Bill Nighy, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter, Sam Riley, Tim McInnerny, Andrew Shim, Louis Healy, John Westley. 12A cert, 89 min

The novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce has made a quietly heroic contribution to British cinema in the past 20-odd years. He wrote the Jacqueline du Pré biopic Hilary and Jackie (1998), and many of Michael Winterbottom’s films, including several of his best (Welcome to Sarajevo; 24 Hour Party People; A Cock and Bull Story). He’s also collaborated with Danny Boyle, adapting Millions, his own children’s book, into Boyle’s 2004 film, and working on the concept for the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics.

Based on one of his own short…

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