The dementia / Alzheimer’s subgenre will remain Supernova, a touching drama that thankfully defies the usual traps of similarly themed stories. The film, starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, follows a couple who could be spending their last vacation together.
What separates Supernova From other films it emerges that it continues to focus on a few days of the lives of these two men and is not interested in laboriously portraying the cognitive decline of those caused. Rather, the film is about two people who love each other and want to say goodbye in every possible way before things get worse.
Tucci does a great job as Tusker, a man who knows he has something worse than a death sentence. He was diagnosed with early-onset dementia and has accepted that he will soon be an empty shell of who he used to be. His husband Sam (Firth) partially denies that he is desperate to cling to the past and is terrified of what is to come. Together they ventured into the country to be together and see old friends, a journey through the past before the memories become a curse.
Written and directed by Harry Macqueen, Supernova shows moments of confusion but rarely lingers in the physical representations of dementia. Fortunately, Macqueen Firth and Tucci let their talents shine. The two actors bring to life a dynamic, fluid and intimate relationship that will quickly convince you that they have loved each other for years and are preparing for the end in their own way. The film is dark yet lovable, powerful but not melodramatic, a testament to high quality writing and two actors on top of their acting.
There is nothing riveting about it Supernovayet the film’s many nuances, its devotion to simple moments, allow it to flourish in its own way. Recommended.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.