Our Friend: She, him, the other but in a different way Nicole loves Matt. Matt loves Nicole. They have two little girls. Dane is Nicole's best friend, later also Matt's. Matt is a journalist, and the more he grows in his profession, the more the quality of home life suffers. Dane is noble, good and dreamy and struggles to come to terms with life. Nicole is a musical actress. Nicole. One bad day fate knocks on her door and says: I have work to do with you, and it won't be pleasant. End of the world.
Matt and Nicole are lonely and overwhelmed, not least because no one likes being around someone who is dying of cancer. Dane, no. He takes what remains of his life (a little), throws it in the trash and settles in his friends' house to offer his contribution and save what can be saved. If he really had stayed only two weeks, as agreed, that would have been true friendship. If he stayed as long as possible, love. But Dane never leaves, ever. And such a feeling can also be sensed, but it is difficult to frame it with a word. The best friend, on Prime Video, has the merit of not bothering to look for it.A true story
Our Friend (2019) обзор
Gabriela Cowperthwaite directs The Friend of the Heart by reworking, on a subject by Brad Ingelsby, the moving testimony collected by the authentic Matthew Teague in his painfully autobiographical piece The Friend, published in Esquire in 2015.
It must be said, the cinema of illness and catharsis shakes the critical conscience like little else. The rhetorical emphasis on pain, easy sentimentality, the pandering dramatization of the clinical course. Generally, the unbridgeable distance at least in terms of ideas between those who make cinema and suffer it on the one hand, and those who judge it on the other, can be measured precisely on this type of terrain, which is particularly slippery.
Fortunately, the direction of Cowperthwaite has the heart in the right place and gets the perspective right. She models her chronicle of unwavering devotion and separation on a liturgy, that's right, liturgy, of small gestures, humble moments, seemingly negligible times. Fragments of generosity, glimpses of pain, moments of anger and bewilderment. And obviously some humor interludes. The best friend never puts capital letters after the period. A modesty calculated to the millimeter but that she keeps the bar to starboard and retains a substantial dignity to the operation.Связанные истории: По наклонной
Segel, Affleck, Johnson Наш друг (2019) обзор The triangle is deliberately unbalanced. That would be to say that Dakota Johnson's character stays slightly in the background compared to the two men, but nothing controversial about that. Nicole's intimacy has certainly faded, but perhaps the ambiguity, the sense of mystery and control that inform Johnson's performance represent the only honest way in which the film can manage the relationship with pain. Getting too close to Nicole would likely mean surrendering to sentimental pornography. Jason Segel is beautifully halfway between the bonhomie of How I Met Your Mother and the irreducible existential "strangeness" of his David Foster Wallace in the underrated The End of the Tour. Casey Affleck works of subtraction for a character who has some relationship with the painful and multiple award-winning protagonist of Manchester by the Sea can boast it.Связанные истории: Two Ways Home (2019) Два пути домой
What the film lacks is the courage to explore only apparently secondary trajectories. Behind the selfless heroism of Dane there is an existential unease that The Friend of the Heart only touches without deepening, in a fold of the story entrusted to Gwendoline Christie. There is something interesting to say about the relationship between Matt and Nicole pre-illness, but the film merely hints, quickly and in a somewhat stereotyped way. The most radical choice, from the point of view of the structure, is the non-linear time of the story. Continuously back and forth, and the idea is to replicate the unbalanced mechanics of memory. At first it works, as the film progresses the feeling is of a narrative quirk that struggles to find true justification.Источник: 10ex.org