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On a Clear Day

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Poignant story of middle-aged Glasgow shipbuilder (Peter Mullan), laid off from his job, who finds solace in swimming, decides to cross the English Channel and, with the help of his mates (Billy Boyd, Ron Cook, Benedict Wong and Sean McGinley), trains for the 20-miles-plus stint, unbeknown to his wife (Brenda Blethyn), who's secretly hoping to be a bus driver, and grown son (Jamie Sives), who mistakenly believes his father blames him for the death of his sibling when they were children. Director Gaby Dellal's film is finely acted, wonderfully photographed by David Johnson who favors revealing close-ups, and conveys positive messages about forgiveness, taking chances, conquering fears, following your heart, and standing up for your beliefs. A few instances of conversational profanity, rough and crude language, and partial locker-room nudity preclude viewing by the youngest adolescents. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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