The Sense of an Ending, a Man Booker prize winning novel by the British author Julian Barnes, has at center a protagonist, Tony Webster, an uninteresting man with a vastly interesting past. In Ritesh Batra's movie The Sense of an Ending, intertwining narratives of past and present meet at a point of mystery: a suicide haunts in the way all suicides leave ultimate questions with no possible answers. At lunch at the literary Lotos Club this week, just before the film’s release, Michelle Dockery, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, joined director Ritesh Batra for a panel moderated by Amanda Foreman, to ponder this puzzling story; it’s the sense of an ending, right?
Much intrigued, a crowd including Tovah Feldshuh, Julie Taymor, and Kathleen Turner chatted with the stars. Feldshuh spoke about performing as a male boxing manager in a new play. Taymor is in the early stages, preparing to direct Clive Owen in M. Butterfly on Broadway. And Turner is politically active working toward saving Planned Parenthood. Michelle Dockery says she looks forward to stage work in the future, but for now is filming TNT’s series Good Behavior in North Carolina, happy after Downton, she can wear jeans and pumps.