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A film that hugely rewards revisiting, particularly in the wake of the hugely successful TV series (and film) The Trip, in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon took their onscreen versions of themselves on the road for a travel/restaurant tour of Britain. Here is where it all began, however, in Michael Winterbottom’s insanely meta, post-modern dissection of an adaptation of Laurence Sterne’s novel from 1759, The Life and Opinons of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

Instead of tackling the largely unfilmable novel, Winterbottom and his exceptional cast construct a comedy drama about their attempt to film it, with Coogan, Brydon and the like playing themselves, while the likes of Naomie Harris, Jeremy Northam and others playing the crew. The results are unlikely to give you a particularly full understanding of the source material, but are very funny, with Coogan and Brydon’s professional sparring/bickering a real highlight.

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