Tony in the book is supposed to be an unreliable narrator, virtually impossible to achieve on screen I think.
Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, James Wilby
A man who in retirement operates a specialist camera shop receives a letter from a solicitor saying he has been left a sum of money and a diary in the will of the mother of a woman he once had a sort of relationship with. He tracks down the woman, who had taken up with his then best friend who had committed suicide. She says that the diary has been burnt, but he wants to know more.
Tony takes his daughter to prenatal classes and talks to his ex-wife. There are constant flashbacks to his youth at college, university and at the home of the girl he has had an unsatisfactory relationship with, and a bit of driving about in London. Just a bit of implied sex and some upper class drinking.
My wife dropped off for a bit, and I found it very difficult to explain to her what had, or might have, happened which maybe says what you need to know about this movie. If you keep in mind that there is ambiguity, and that it is intended that the mother flirts with the young men (poorly presented) it will a be easier to follow what plot there is. What can I say – a watch if you like that sort of thing.