Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are both gunning for acting awards in Supernova, a dramatic film about a couple taking a final road trip as dementia threatens to leave their decades-long relationship unrecognizable.
The latest from director Harry Macqueen premieres at the San Sebastián International Film Festival this week.
Via Variety’s glowing review:
As it follows sixtysomething partners Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci) in a cluttered camper van through the north of England, on what looks to be their last vacation before Tusker’s health severely deteriorates, Macqueen’s talky original screenplay promises no surprises: There’s only one way their journey can go, and the film resolves to follow it as intimately as possible. “We’re not going back, you know,” Sam says to Tusker in the film’s very first line of dialogue — and while he means it in a banal domestic sense, as a last call for any forgotten items before they hit the open road, they and we can hear the searching, melancholic subtext of those words.
For Tusker, as it turns out, has quite deliberately left something behind: the medication that’s at least supposed to stall his mental decline, and that he’s long decided had no effect anyway.
While you’re waiting for the theatrical release around Thanksgiving, if you haven’t seen it, Colin Firth also played a grieving partner to amazing effect in A Single Man, courtesy of director Tom Ford‘s impeccable sense of the gay aesthetic.
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