Release date24 October 2008 (2008-10-24) CastJames Nesbitt (Peter), Natascha McElhone (Lou), Gary Lewis (Howie), Lil Woods (Charlotte) Similar moviesFish Tank, The Last Witch Hunter, Factory Girl, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss
TaglinePick a life...any life
Blessed the movie trailer
Blessed is a British drama film released on 24 October 2008 that was written and directed by Mark Aldridge. Its cast included well-known actors James Nesbitt, Natascha McElhone and Gary Lewis, as well as young Lillian Woods. It is 83 minutes long and was filmed mainly on the Scottish island of Eilean Iarmain.
The film begins with a man named Peter who is living alone on an island as a lighthouse keeper. His only contact is with a sailor called Howie who brings him food supplies once every few months. It is quickly revealed that until recently he had a well-paid job, and a wife named Lou and two daughters. His family were drowned, however, in a freak storm on a boating holiday that Peter was meant to be on. This causes him to withdraw from society and he is rendered unable to speak. He sticks to a regular but lonely routine until one day he discovers that a lifeboat containing a little girl of about seven called Charlotte has landed on the island. Charlotte refuses to leave the island until her father comes to pick her up, so she stays with Peter. After just over a week, he finds out from a radio broadcast that she is the only survivor from a sinking ship, and that the girl's father is dead. It is at this point he becomes able to speak again. During this time the two have formed a bond, and so when Charlotte refuses to leave, he decides that she can stay. This is possible as no-one else knows that she is alive. At the end of the film Peter has to persuade his food supplier to keep quiet about the little girl's presence on the island so she is not taken away by the authorities, he agrees and the film ends showing the viewer several "family snapshots" of an adult Charlotte and an older Peter, thus implying that she remained with him for the rest of her childhood.