CBS Films releases The Sense of an Ending at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Landmark Sunshine Cinemas on March 10th, 2017.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How did you decide what to omit from the novel by Julian Barnes?
Ritesh Batra: We wanted to develop the relationships that were told so wonderfully in the book. The book is about someone seeking closure for a chapter in Tony's life, so we had to keep it focused on that. There was not one yardstick that we used to decide what we were going to have in the movie in relation to the book, but there was a thought behind we could tell the story that Julian tells in the book through the relationships in the movie.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Your films are always grounded in humanism. Do you consider yourself to be a humanist?
RB: I never thought about it in those terms. Empathy in a movie, no matter how big or small, is very important. Honestly, I don't know what humanism is, though.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How do you think modern technology is affecting the quality of human relationships?
RB: On the one hand, it's wonderful to have Facebook and Skype, but equally it's not as wonderful because you have to be able to sit at dinner with your family. I feel that we're left behind by technology, so hopefully technology will catch up with us. I love characters who are left behind my technology like in the movie. I find it find it very interesting that technology is all around us, but I don't know if people will catch actually up with it.
NYC MOVIE GURU: The character of Tony is still learning new things about himself and life even through his old age. How do you define a grown-up? Are we ever fully grown-up?
RB: We always try to figure out how to be grow-ups. It's really difficult. It's something that I think about a lot, but I don't have any answers. I'm trying to figure that out for myself. If I do find answers, I'd write a book about it and then make so much money that I wouldn't have to talk to anybody ever. [laughs]