A DVD for you if you are aging, have lost a job, dealing with a handicap, struggling with a major problem, enjoy Scotland or England, are a water lover, if you enjoy watching movies with a spouse (or need to), or if you just like a really good comedy/drama/feel-good movie without Hollywood's toppings of sex, blood, and death. It's five stars of pure enjoyment with a heart-hug ending.
We watched with the English subtitles on. Wendy's review stated that her copy had no captioning. It does help with certain areas when the heavier British accent is hard to catch. I didn't have to rely on it much but we watch a lot of British, Irish, Scottish, and BBC movies. If you have a problem with that, make sure your purchase has the captions.
Yes, I agree with everyone, Frank (Peter Mullan)is an outstanding character and superbly casted. But I also felt that his wife, Joan (Brenda Blethyn) also was excellent. Both of them display a drive within that spells inspiration to others in similar situations--that being, reaching an age when something else has to begin to mark life's milestone.
Another point of inspiration is the young little swimmer at the pool. If he's an actor that is not really handicapped then he deserves a major award for the acting. If he's truly handicapped, then he deserves a bigger than major award for displaying his own true inspiration and for the accomplishments of doing the film. To his ability, sorry I don't know his name, I shout "YES!" As he did with each pool length.
You also will fall in love with the antics, and roles of the group of pals that assist Frank in the Channel swim attempt. Each fellow seems to have their own personal "channel" to swim or face. Will each succeed? Did Frank and Joan? I'll not be the spoiler.
"On a Clear Day" will perk up any cloudy day. Something for everyone. The only disappointment I can share having is the fact there is no extras to add to the film's length of pleasing entertainment. I know how to swim that channel--I'll end this review and watch the movie another ti...