Nowhere Special

classified 12A

Please note: This was screened in July 2021

Uberto Pasolini
James Norton, Daniel Lamont, Eileen O'Higgins
96 mins, 2020, Uk Italy Romania
Primary language

James Norton (Little Women and Grantchester) plays John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, who has dedicated his life to bringing up his four-year-old son, Michael (Daniel Lamont), after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth. John knows that Michael will only have the haziest of memories of their time together when he dies of the unspecified illness which is now encroaching on his everyday life. He also knows that Michael is his life’s only real achievement, the knocks and the loneliness of his existence etched on John’s face and the tattoos adorning his body.

Finding a new family to adopt and care for his boy before he dies will, in some way, ensure it had some meaning. But how do you give your adored son away? And to who?

Nowhere Special is a tender story of a life which is ending and another which is beginning, a heartbreaking, beautiful story of love and loss.