Mr. Pip

Mr. Pip

Mr. Pip

Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia) directs Hugh Laurie in this drama set during the 1990s civil war in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, following one girl's fascination with the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. Adapted from the acclaimed 2006 novel by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones.

Shattered by the war over copper mining, Bougainville's teachers have fled. But the eccentric Mr. Watts (Laurie) has remained, the object of much curiosity and scorn who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read Dickens’ classic to the students. 14-year-old Matilda (Xzannjah), is transported into the Victorian world, finding inspiration in it while her everyday life is filled with harsh uncertainty as the realities of the civil war come to her village.

Best Actor (Hugh Laurie) and Best Actress (Xzannjah) at the 2013 NZ Film Awards.
2012Rating: M, Violence115 minsPapua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand
DramaWar
Director:
Andrew Adamson ('Shrek', 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe', 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian')
Writer:
Andrew Adamson
Cast:
Hugh LaurieKerry FoxEka DarvilleFlorence KorokoroXzannjahHealesville Joel

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Mr. Pip / Reviews

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Kiwi director Andrew Adamson has a gift for the fantastical, what with the huge success of the Shrek and Narnia films. With Mr. Pip, he shows sensitivity for epic, emotional drama too. Faithfully adapting the moving Lloyd Jones award-winning novel Mister Pip, this is a fairly earnest retelling of one girl’s life-changing encounter with a mysterious teacher, who reads Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to her otherwise educationally barren classroom in late-80s, war-torn Bougainville.

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Variety

Variety

This gimmicky story set during Papua New Guinea's civil war reaches for emotional effect in a fatally hamfisted fashion.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

I love films that surprise me and this heartfelt and unexpectedly powerful film that uses Great Expectations as a catalyst for inspiration, certainly does that.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Adamson mixes magical realism with hard-hitting historical drama in a way that feels both contrived and questionable, even if the filmmakers clearly have their hearts in the right place.

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