The Sense of an Ending

Synopsis: A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Ritesh Batra
Production: CBS Films
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

I'm not very interested

in my school days

and feel no special

nostalgia for them.

But I remember sixth form.

Good morning.

And welcome to you all

as we begin the new term.

In those days

we imagined ourselves

as being in a holding pen,

waiting to be released

into our lives.


From summer to Autumn.

So, too, do we think ahead...

Rather him than us.

And when

that moment would come,

we would be at university.

How were we to know that

our lives had already begun,

and our release would only be

into a larger holding pen?

And in time,

a larger holding pen.

When you are young,

you want your emotions

to be like the ones

you read about in books.

You want them

to overturn your life

and create a new reality.

But as that second hand

insists on speeding up

and time delivers us

all too quickly

into middle age,

and then old age,

that's when you want something

a little milder, don't you?

You want your emotions

to support your life

as it has become.

You want them to tell you

that everything

is going to be okay.

And is there anything

wrong with that?

Sir, according to

your recent survey,

95% of British motorists

describe themselves

as "above average" drivers.

But by the law of averages,

we are, most of us,

bound to be average.

Are we not?

Anthony Webster, London.

Good timing.


Oh... ah!

Sign there, thanks.

Lovely morning, isn't it?


Thank you.

Can I help you?

Just looking.

By all means.



These are beautiful.

How much is this one?



Extremely rare model.

Still works, huh?

Of course.

How do you source them?

On the Internet?

I've been in the Leica

business for some time,

so we have our own

exclusive sources.

"We"? It's just

you, isn't it?

So if there's anything you're

particularly interested in,

I may be able to help you.

Do you have anything cheaper?

Some Leica iiis, 500.



These are the finest

cameras ever made.

People buy them

because they love them.

Well, as they say,

I'd be rich

if I didn't have kids.

You got kids?

Excuse me?

I've got two baby girls.

I have a daughter.


Fathers and daughters, eh?

Very special.


Well, I'll look you up

when the kids have left home.

Tony Webster.

Have a lovely day, Tony Webster.


Hello, Margaret.

I'm calling to remind you that

this evening you're

duty bound to attend NC with your beloved daughter.


Uh... oh, no, no, no,

sorry. No can do.

Oh, for god's sake.

This should be in your diary.

Susie's relying on you.

You know I can't do it

with this thing on my leg.

I'm winding you up.

Somebody's in a playful mood.


Well, don't forget to dig out

something loose-fitting.

Lycra. All-in-one.

Very attractive.

What are you doing this evening?

Working. What else?


So I'm expecting a full

report in the morning.

How's the foot, by the way?

Bye, Tony.

Oh, charming.


It's me.

You're not mum.

Indeed, I'm not.

Your mother sent me.

I'm your geriatric

knight in shining armor.

Can you give me a minute?

Can I come in?

Thank you.

Radio presenter:

The prime minister

has insisted Britain

will be safer

and economically stronger

if it remains

in the European union.

He said a vote to leave

would cause such instability

on the financial markets

that the UK could be

tipped back into recession.

Right, dad, let's do this.

Have you seen this?

I know, I know.

It's the bollocking

upstairs neighbor.

What happened?

I dunno.

Overflowing bath or something.

That's ridiculous.

I know.

Come on.

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Nick Payne

Nick Payne (born 1984) is a British playwright and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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