Supernova

You were looking to have a cry today, weren’t you?

Sam and Tusker are driving around England in an RV, and I suppose that’s not technically the sad part, but honey, it is. The sad part is that it’s basically a farewell tour, visiting all their special spots and friends and family along the way. No one’s dying, but Tusker’s thinking about it, while he still can.

Diagnosed with dementia a couple of years ago, Tusker (Stanley Tucci) may not have a lot of good time left, and they’re determined to make the most of it. But with Tusker losing little bits at a time, every moment is tinged with sadness for Sam (Colin Firth), who is losing his great love, and with hopelessness for Tusker, who is powerless to stop it.

Supernova is a quiet and intimate movie, perfect for getting close to these characters – though maybe don’t get too attached. Tusker has a secret plan to avoid the worst of what’s coming. Writer-director Harry Macqueen allows them to explore their grief and loss in a multitude of ways. Tucci and Firth are of course the reason to watch and they’re really terrific. Tragedy is always lurking at the seams but this is really a story about time – the time they’ve shared, and the time they have left. It’s bittersweet, deeply moving, but never maudlin. The film is restrained and subtle, allowing Tucci and Firth to shine until it breaks your little heart.

9 thoughts on “Supernova

  1. Brittani

    I forgot about this, The Father has been taking over narrative wise. I find these kind of movies really had to watch, but I think I’ll check it out for the actor.

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  2. Liz A.

    I read something about this. I think it might have been an interview with the two leads. Apparently they’re good friends, making the film was fun for them. Well, as fun as such a topic can be. Behind the scenes, I mean.

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  3. Birgit

    I want to see it for sure. It’s such a horrible disease on the person and, especially, the caregivers. My mom had vascular dementia and, at least, she remembered me and my brother and could talk. Her roommate was 105 years old and, for the last 5 years, she was in bed, no idea where or who she was and lost her ability to talk. We would just here these very eerie noises coming from her. Truly no way;to live.

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  4. James Viscosi

    When I saw the post title I just assumed it was going to be the trashy old science fiction movie with James Spader and Angela Bassett, but this is basically the opposite. Of course it has Stanley Tucci, so it’s going to be worth watching just for that.

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