I make it a policy not to read a book before seeing the movie version, because I learned that my expectations are altered by knowing what's going to happen and I get distracted by what got cut in the transition.
That said, after watching director Ritesh Batra's adaptation of "The Sense of an Ending," I want to go back and read Julian Barnes' 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning novel — because I want to understand what was so great that I, and the movie, missed.
Anthony Webster (played by Jim Broadbent) lives the fairly quiet life of a well-off London retiree. He spends his day in his little shop, selling and repairing rare secondhand Leica cameras, and is quietly pleased with himself when his letter to The Guardian gets published. He's divorced from Margaret (Harriet Walter), a barrister, and they have an adult daughter, Susie (Michelle Dockery), who is 36, single and about to give birth.