Pope Benedict XVI (right) prays during his weekly general audience Wednesday at the Vatican. Benedict takes his campaign to revive Christianity in an increasingly secular Europe to Britain on Thursday. He faces a daunting task in a nation largely at odds with his policies and where disgust over the church sex abuse scandal runs high.
Ishiguro, whose earlier screenplays include The Remains of the Day and The White Countess, has often explored the dynamics of individuals — like the children in this film — hemmed in by a society's demands.
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