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Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson star in this funny and heartwarming London-set romcom about finding love unexpectedly in later life

Living on the edge of Hampstead Heath is American widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton), who cant quite focus on the things that need attention since her husband,death; like her crumbling old apartment, diminishing finances and even her son, Philip (James Norton).

Shes unwilling to accept that shes merely drifting through life. One day, while looking out across the Heath from her attic window, Emily spies a ramshackle hut, which appears to be inhabited by an unkempt man. After witnessing him being attacked by a group of professional thugs, she calls the police. The next day she ventures into the woods in search of him.

Donald Horner (Brendan Gleeson) has lived quietly and harmoniously in a secluded part of the Heath for 17 years but his lifestyle is under threat his home is the target of property developers who, resorted to using heavy-handed tactics to remove him. He politely rebuffs Emilys attention but despite his gruff exterior, there is something gentle about him.

When Emily discovers that her close friend and neighbour, Fiona, is leading a community initiative in support of the developers, she bravely steps up to take Donalds side and her life takes on a new meaning she never thought possible.

Inspired by a true story, Hampstead is a charming and funny life-affirming tale about how love can be found in the most unexpected places and proves once and for all that age is no barrier to second chances. The outstanding cast includes Jason Watkins as an opportunist unctious accountant (who hopes to manage more than just Emilys money) and Lesley Manville as Fiona, Emilys self-serving neighbour.

What the press said

"Funny, uplifting and full of heart" Psychologies

"Diane Keaton makes a refreshing romantic lead" Evening Standard

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