ALL IS TRUE
The year is 1613, and William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war. ALL IS TRUE is a labor of love for Branagh, who has been fascinated with the life of Shakespeare since his teens. He has assembled a troupe of Shakespeareans, ranging from legends like Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, to longtime veterans of Branagh's plays and films, to a young generation of actors drawn from his theatre company. Told with warmth and wry humor, ALL IS TRUE is a family drama, a detective story and a quiet reflection on a life dedicated to art. Ultimately, it is the uplifting tale of a man who journeys from darkness and loss to a renewed appreciation of the richness and value of life, allowing him to play out his final act in peace.
DIR/PROD Kenneth Branagh; SCR Ben Elton; PROD Ted Gagliano, Tamar Thomas. UK, 2018, color, 101 min. RATED PG-13
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