When does a film become a classic? Closing the Ring is set to become one. Think The English Patient brought closer to our own time. Instead of a pretty nurse soothing the story from a war ravaged old spy, we have a daughter, Marie, seeking to understand her stoic mother Esther’s past. Marie is grieving the death of her father, which triggers memories of her life before the war. As the film unfolds, we discover the romantic truths of this time. Mischa Barton shines as a raw beauty, playing the young Esther of the 1940s; while Shirley MacLaine brings a fitting strength to the current-day closed-hearted Esther. The directing of 84 year-old Richard Attenborough is as tight as the end of the story, making Closing the Ring a truly wonderful and engaging film.