Nowhere Special

U.K., 96m, DCP

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened April 26–May 23, 2024

John (James Norton), a 35-year-old window cleaner, has dedicated his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael, after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months left to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for Michael, determined to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. Although initially certain of what he is looking for in the perfect family, John gradually abandons his early convictions, over- whelmed by doubts on the decision. How can he judge a family from a brief encounter? And does he know his own child well enough to make this choice for him? As John struggles to find the right answer to his impossible task, he comes to accept the help of a young social worker, opening himself to solutions he would never have considered. And he finally comes to accept his anger at the injustice of his destiny, the need to share the truth with his son, and to follow the child’s instincts on the biggest decision of their lives. A Cohen Media Group release

Official Selection: Venice Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Festival

Open Caption Screenings:

Tue May 14, 7.05pm
Fri May 17, 6.30pm
Sun May 19, 6.30pm
Tue May 21, 6.50pm
Thu May 23, 7.20pm

(See other listings for previous Open Caption Screenings.)

A film by Uberto Pasolini

Hugely affecting and perfectly played… A peach of a picture.”

Empire Magazine 

I invested totally in Norton’s spine-tingling, intimate performance; and… the end had me in floods of tears.”

The Guardian