SPOILER ALERT. So if you don't want to know what the movie was about don't read this. It was about a woman, whose husband dies. It's not clear how he dies. There are cryptic remarks about the strange way he died. I suppose they are suggesting suicide, but it is so vague … just like the rest of the film feels..
The actors are first class. They are excellent in what they do. They, along with the scenery ( which looks like the place where the serial "Doc Martin" was filmed- even Martin Clunes is in it as a doctor that says he is not very good with sick people.) carry this movie. The story, or at least the script is disconnected, doesn't grab you, doesn't give what you think or hope it promises.
They say a woman whose husband has done her wrong... OK, it might be morose on my part but I sort of want to know more about that, but he is dead already, and she does or doesn't know much about what he did or didn't do to her...except that she had to keep mailing letters to an address. So..how is this description of what went on in the film for you? Less than satisfying? Well, the whole movie is like this.
They do try to liven things up, throw in a little romance...but NOTHING is fleshed out enough, thought out well enough to be effective.
It is a woman, whose husband spent all their money and mortgaged their home before he "strangely" dies falling off a cliff. She knows nothing about it, or that their 300 year home was mortgaged to the hilt and nothing paid on it so that a month after he dies, everything is in danger of being repossessed. The house alone at 300,000 pounds due immediately. Even the riding lawn mower is repossessed. You don't see much of her angst. She just hangs up on creditors, and throws the mail in the trash and goes around the village like normal...though the neighbors know all about it.
Her gardener, a man that seems to never have held a steady job, has no money, no property; but who is shacking up with a pretty woman who works as a fisherman; is trying to grow pot under other people's bushes. The plants aren't doing well, and because this woman, Grace, grows orchids he decides she is a wiz with plants and asks her for help. So they go out in the dead of night, and crawl under bushes and she brings one back, saying she knows they are pot.
She gets it growing, and then asks how much does it sell for, and her gardener says a whole lot. And they are off growing pot to pay ALL HER bills, and he gets what is left over after that is done. (really? he is risking jail, putting in a lot of work for a man who has done not much in his life, for leftovers IF there are any) SHE is supposed to be a refined, innocent of a lady in a little village, and SHE is going to be a drug dealer now? PLUS the movie said her bills had to be paid RIGHT THEN or everything would be repossessed. So they are going to GROW, harvest, and sell marijuana and then pay. I haven't known creditors to wait.
They harvest it, somewhere in it an ex-fling of her husband keeps showing her face and Grace decides to make friends and THEN gets angry and throws her out when she finds out that her husband had sex and enjoyed it with her. What? Why DO men have mistresses?
So Grace decides to go into the slums and sell the pot herself. She can't so now she decides for sure the ex-girlfriend will know a dealer and goes there expecting help. Right after she kicked her out of her house. IF the husband spent any money on this woman, and it would make sense he did; it was never even hinted at in this movie. (If this movie was building blocks, they would keep falling over because they were not supported!)
A dealer comes to the adulterer's house, he is not big enough, so they get him to take them to a dealer big enough...and it is a pitiful attempt to make the BIG drug dealer look menacing, and totally fails. This movie can't really decide what it wants to be a comedy or something else. The deal is made. I can't really tell how much money it is, or if it will cover Grace's money needs...all we are given is Grace's face looking happy and excited.
Then when they go home, the girlfriend who has been saying all along she doesn't want her boyfriend, and soon to be father of her child, to be doing something illegal because she is afraid he will go to jail...tells him he is going to be a father. Grace already knew this while she was getting him to help her do this. But NOW, they decide they are scared?!
So, in a moment, they decide to burn it all up. Which they do. The smoke of which intoxicates her neighbors and the police (one of which runs around naked).
The drug dealer shows up. Thinks Grace is Oh so cute. They go off and get married! She writes a book and makes a lot of money. And we have no idea what happens to anyone else, except they are all happy in the village watching her on TV say she has written a book.
This is like a high school kid's attempt at writing a funny story, acted by good thespians, and a number of seemingly village cast. You know the type. Timing off. Jokes off. Story disjointed, unbelievable, and doesn't quite make sense.
I didn't turn off the TV so I gave it a 3. But I should have.