Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn’t be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.
"Great novel - my favorite in years"
It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.
"Miss the Characters"
John Cage was a giant of American experimental music - composer, writer, and artist. He is most widely known for his 1952 composition "4'33", whose three movements continue to challenge the definition of music by being performed without playing a single note. In questioning fundamental tenets of Western music, Cage was often at the center of controversy, and is regarded as an important contributor to many facets of American culture.
In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important but natural and even supernatural forces, too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.
Douglas Petersen’s family is on the brink of dissolution. His marriage of twenty-one years to Connie is almost over. When autumn comes around, their son Albie will leave for college. Connie has decided to leave soon after. But before everything falls apart, there's still the summer holidays to get through - a Grand Tour of Europe's major cities - and over the course of the journey, Douglas devises a plan to win back the love of his wife and repair his troubled relationship with his son.
He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?
"Funny and moving story of friendship"
Thirty-two-year-old actor Stephen C. McQueen (no, not that Steve McQueen) is waiting for his big break. His only screen credits so far are playing dead bodies on cop and doctor shows. At the moment, he's paying the rent by understudying hot movie star Josh Harper, who's trying to gain dramatic credibility in a West End play. If only Josh would miss a performance, Stephen-with-a-P-H could prove his talent and redeem himself in the eyes of his disapproving ex-wife and their precocious seven-year-old daughter.
"An Actor's Nightmare"
Brian has arrived at university with a stronger desire than the acquisition of knowledge: he's going to be a star of TV's hottest quiz, University Challenge. But his progress on 'The Challenge' is somewhat stymied by his growing desire for the beguiling Alice Harbison, struggling to make her mark as an actress. And as obstacles impede their affair, Brian becomes more and more convinced that only overwhelming success on the quiz show will win her.
Does your life feel like a dress rehearsal? Do you long to enter the limelight and steal the show? But what do you do when you're playing second fiddle to an arrogant actor who barely knows your name? And, more importantly, what do you do when you find yourself falling in love with his wife?
Biochimiste de 54 ans, Douglas Petersen imagine déjà sa retraite auprès de Connie, sa femme artiste, dans leur maison londonienne. Mais celle-ci lui apprend brusquement qu'elle n'est plus certaine de l'aimer. Pathologiquement maladroit et réservé, Douglas va devoir déployer toute son énergie pour reconquérir sa femme et tenter de tisser des liens avec cet inconnu qu'est devenu son fils adolescent. Douglas entraîne alors sa famille sur les traces de leur passé, dans un tour très balisé de l'Europe.
Lydbogen handler om Emma og Dexter, som i filmen er spillet af de kendte stjerner Anne Hathaway og Jim Sturgess, hvis liv vi følger én dag om året altid den 15. juli, fra de vågner op sammen efter deres dimissionsfest. "Jeg kan godt forestille mig dig som fyrreårig," sagde hun lidt ondskabsfuldt. "Faktisk kan jeg se det for mig lige nu" Han smilede uden at åbne øjnene. "Fortæl mig om det."
Die Zeichen standen gut an diesem 15. Juli 1988 nach der Examensfeier für die politisch engagierte Emma und den Lebemann Dexter. Nach der gemeinsamen Nacht trennen sich ihre Wege, doch sie treffen sich jedes Jahr an dem schicksalsträchtigen Datum wieder. Sie will die Welt verbessern, er sieht die Welt als große Party. Aber glücklich sind beide nicht. 20 Jahre dauert es, bis die Suche ein Ende hat und die Freundschaft in eine romantische Liebe mündet, Hoffnungen und Träume in Erfüllung gehen, wenn auch nur für kurze Zeit.
Eines Nachts verkündet Connie ihrem Ehemann Douglas, dass nun, nach über zwanzig Jahren glücklicher Ehe, der ideale Zeitpunkt für eine Trennung und einen Neuanfang gekommen sei - jetzt, wo auch ihr Sohn bald ausziehe. Doch der bereits geplanten gemeinsamen Grand Tour durch bedeutende Städte Europas - Paris, Amsterdam, München, Venedig, Florenz, Madrid, Barcelona - soll nichts im Wege stehen.
The 15th of July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, one day....