Nowhere Special

Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Film
Venice Film Festival
In spite of myself I invested totally in Norton’s spine-tingling, intimate performance; and, in spite of myself, the end had me in floods of tears.


Nowhere Special

James Norton (Happy Valley) stars as John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, who has dedicated his life to bringing up his four-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, overwhelmed 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.

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

Nominated: BIFA Award for Breakthrough Performance Daniel Lamont
BIFA Award for Best Actor, James Norton

"★★★★ James Norton delivers a towering masterclass!" — The Times UK

" [Norton's] performance is tremendous." — The Guardian
Not Rated
Uberto Pasolini
Uberto Pasolini
James Norton, Daniel Lamont, Eileen O’Higgins, Valerie O’Connor, Stella McCusker
Nominee, Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Film, Venice Film Festival

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