Sabre0001 wrote: »
Thought it was great. Excellent performance by the lead.
I watched it with subtitles (not sure if TV or the people, but was a little tricky to hear some of the dialogue at the beginning). It does add another dimension to it.
There are a few shots of nature, etc., but the subtitles point out the background noise to really drill home the simple things that you might take for granted, but that some can't enjoy.
You really feel for him towards the end. Jumps through all these hoops to get the surgery done and then there's all that distortion and unpleasantness. Definitely felt relieved myself when he disconnected. Was pleased to see him eventually make the most of life at the shelter, so hopefully his story afterwards is a more uplifting one. Not your typical ending where everything works out for the best.
Hats off to writer/director Darius Marder. A simple story that could have ended up melodramatic, ended being up one of those that lingered long after, due to the nuanced 'less is more" style of story-telling. Riz Ahmed is great in this, with really good support from Olivia Cooke. Their naturalness lent a real air of authenticity to it. Instead of moralising about being grateful for what we have, there is profound examination of how loss forces you to re-examine what you have.
The development of the relationship between Ruben and Lou while together and absent from one another left a lot for anyone to ponder long after seeing the film.