Set in Edwardian England, Dean Spanley is a wise, witty, and understated story of familial love, loss, and reincarnation.
Peter O'Toole headlines the dream cast as a wickedly sharp-tongued man who, rather than facing his grief over a son who was killed at war, chooses to mourn the disappearance of a dog he had in his youth. Jeremy Northam is O'Toole's surviving son, who patiently tolerates his father's barbs and denial,
Sam Neill plays the title character, a soft-spoken clergyman with an interest in the soul's ability to transmigrate, and a taste for the Hungarian wine, Tokaj. However, whenever he drinks the wine, he recalls a former life...as a dog.
And Bryan Brown is Northam's slightly mysterious friend and supplier of the magical wine.
If you have a taste for a very human period fantasy, with wry touches of the surreal, and genuine warmth, see Dean Spanley.