Remains of the Day is a 1989 film based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel by the same name. I saw this when it first came out and thought it was one of the saddest movies I'd ever seen. A life wasted in pursuit of the trivial. The Younger Son had never seen it before, and it moved a bit slowly for him. I read the book back in 2003 and also enjoyed it.
Rolling Stone says, "This love story between two people who never kiss or get beyond calling each other Mr. and Miss is suffused with regret but not self-pity." DVD Verdict says, "This is one of the top films of the last two decades. Dramatically powerful yet putting a smile on our lips from time to time, it features a top-notch cast in a picture with sparkling production values." EW gives it an A- and opens with this: "Ponderous, restrained, and achingly beautiful, The Remains of the Day has long been considered one of the very best of Merchant Ivory". Roger Ebert calls it "a subtle, thoughtful movie". Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 97%.