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The Holdovers (15)

Fri 02 Feb 2024 - Thu 08 Feb 2024


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Rated 15


£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s


Various (See dates below)

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The Holdovers (15)

Dir. Alexander Payne
2023 | 133 mins | US
Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa, Da’Vine Joy Randolph


  • Fri 02 Feb: 2pm | 8.10pm
  • Sat 03 Feb: 1pm | 7.10pm
  • Sun 04 Feb: 1pm | 7.10pm
  • Mon 05 Feb: 2pm | 8.10pm
  • Tue 06 Feb: 10.45am | 5.10pm
  • Wed 07 Feb: 2pm | 8.10pm
  • Thu 08 Feb: 10.45am

Grumpy and aggrieved, Barton Academy teacher Paul Hunham (Paul Giamatti) is reluctantly responsible for supervising the students who are unable to return home for the Christmas holidays. This year, he’s forced to cohabit with one particularly rebellious pupil, the brainy, troubled Angus (Dominic Sessa), and the school’s head cook, Mary (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), both of whom are struggling to cope with very unseasonal personal circumstances. Stuck together in the absence of family, this unlikely trio is repeatedly drawn together and apart.

A deeply pleasurable film, funny and rueful, The Holdovers draws rich comedy from the pain and humour of thwarted lives, and lingers thoughtfully on the sadness of Christmas for many. Beautifully performed by Giamatti, Randolph and Sessa and replete with authentic 1970s stylings, it’s a delightful new work from Payne, both warm and melancholic.

∆ BBFC Rating Details:

15 – strong language, brief nudity


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