Facing Those False Memories

Movie: ‘The Sense of an Ending’
Jim Broadbent as Tony Webster and Harriet Walter as Margaret in “The Sense of an Ending.”

Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel, “The Sense of an Ending,” is a concise, elegant story of a man — an ordinary man, like so many of Barnes’ protagonists — forced to revisit memories of his past and the “forgettings,” both natural and willful, that have informed those memories. No movie could capture the ambiguity and interior musings of Barnes’ crystalline prose, but Ritesh Batra has made a fine adaptation.

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