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John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, devotes his life to raising his 4-year-old son Michael, as the child’s mother left them immediately after his birth.

Their life is a simple one, made up of universal daily rituals, a life of complete dedication, and innocent love that reveals the strength of their relationship. But John only has a few months to live. Since he has no family to turn to, he will spend the days left to him looking for a new and perfect one to adopt Michael, trying to protect his child from the terrible reality.

Director: Uberto Pasolini

Cast: James Norton, Daniel Lamont

4 Stars

''...beautifully played and perfectly judged tonally, it’s small scale but packs a huge punch.''

Ian Freer, Empire

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view from our programmer: Eve Allin

Uberto Pasolini’s film is a beautiful, yet devastating, insight into fatherhood as a single dad with nowhere left to turn. James Norton shines as John – a tender, loving father whose life revolves around his bright 4-year-old (Daniel Lamont). Not only is this an emotional masterpiece, but it highlights the fragility of our lives using considered social commentary. On the surface, life presents us all with the same set of choices, and yet, ‘Nowhere Special’ highlights how that couldn’t be further from the truth. A careful comment on class, family, and love, Pasolini’s feature unravels the frustration of the bureaucracy we trap ourselves in, and how it prevents us from seeing the humanity in each other.