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On Friday, December 13 at 2:00 pm, Bernardsville Public Library will present a free screening of the 2019 movie “Yesterday.” It’s a whimsical story about a struggling musician, played by Himesh Patel, who, after suffering a freak accident and waking up in an alternate timeline, realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. By passing off Beatles’ songs as his own, he becomes a worldwide sensation. The move was directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”).
“The absence of pseudoscientific or supernatural reasons is crucial to sustaining the mood of this breezy, romantic wonder and soft, cheeky comedy,” wrote The New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott, “Once Jack and [his friend and manager] Ellie cut a demo…“Yesterday” expands into a gentle satire of the music industry wrapped in a mellow retelling of the Faust legend.”
According to indiewire.com, Paul McCartney thought the plot idea was terrible but, once he saw it over the summer, he loved it.
Viewers are encouraged to linger after the film to talk about it. A brief document with background information will be provided to start the discussion, and there is always a spirited conversation about character, motivation and style.
Bernardsville Library’s movie series is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. The movies are selected for cultural enrichment and for appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests in the community.
There is no charge to attend the movies; advance sign-up is requested, but not required. To register online go to www.bernardsvillelibrary.org and follow the link from Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.