Here’s a film that proves a true hero’s journey can take place on even the humblest of conveyances—public buses. In director Gillies MacKinnon’s heartfelt, humane comedy-drama, Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, MVFF 2014) stars as Tom, an ailing, elderly widower, who leaves home with little more than his free transit pass and a briefcase that he never lets out of his sight. Transferring from bus to bus, he travels from the village of John o’Groats in northern Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall, 600 miles away. Flashbacks reveal that Tom, desperately committed to keeping a mysterious promise while he still can, is retracing a path to the spot where he and his wife first fell in love. Spall delivers a once-in-a-lifetime performance, supported by a delightful ensemble of characters who sometimes hinder but more frequently help this unforgettable, understated hero on his epic and heartwarming quest. –David Templeton
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Friday, Oct 8, 7:00pm, CinéArts Sequoia
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Gillies MacKinnon is a Scottish film director, writer, and painter. His short film Passing Glory premiered at the 1986 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it won the first Scottish Film Prize, and since then an extensive roster of features has included A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) and Hideous Kinky (1998).