Every growing boy swears he will not become his father; every fully-grown man has to come to terms with the fact that, in many ways, he has. That contradiction's the engine for And When Did You Last See Your Father?, a new British drama based on Blake Morrison's book. Blake (Colin Firth) is a husband and father, but when his own father Arthur (Jim Broadbent) enters late-stage terminal cancer, he returns home as a son. Blake's trying to deal with the here-and-now realities of his father's impending death, but his memories of his teen years (where he's played by Matthew Beard) keep coming back, unbidden. ...

And When Did You Last See Your Father? is directed by Anand Tucker, whose last film, Shopgirl, has a few common themes with And When ... . It's a literary adaptation, driven in part by first-person narration. But And When ... is a much less broad film that Shopgirl, where one girl's relationships served as a way of looking at L.A. life in the modern age; in And When ..., Blake's conflicted and confusing recollections of his father are simply what they are.