Supernova It features a same-sex couple who is coping with illness, but sexuality is transcendent.
Por Mark Kennedy
NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (AP) .- The actors Stanley Tucci Y Colin Firth They have been friends for 20 years and this is evidenced by watching them play a couple of old lovers in Supernova, a heartbreakingly beautiful movie.
The award-winning actor duo is like an old on-screen sweater, comfortable and old, displaying the kind of sour affection people get when the heat of lust has given way to the simmering fire of adoration.
In one of the first scenes of Supernova, Tucci’s character asks Firth’s character how things are going. “Good”, he answers seriously. Tucci knows him well: “Liar,” he says simply.
Is right. The movie is about imminent loss: Tusker (Tucci) has the beginnings of insanity and Sam (Firth) is thrown into the possibility that his love will outlast his lover.
Writer / director Harry Macqueen’s screenplay is as understated and natural as the setting in England’s Lake District, with its ancient stone walls and misty green fields. Dementia is never mentioned as such; only a vague reference to that “damn thing” is made.
The film opens with the couple in an RV visiting the places and people they have enjoyed over the years. Tusker, an American novelist, is apparently finishing a new book and the journey will end with Sam, a very British pianist, giving a concert.
Tusker’s disease is obvious but subtle: a missing word around or difficulty putting on a shirt. He admits to being “a little confused,” but he is a staunchly independent person and losing control is clearly his worst fear.
“I am becoming a passenger, and I am not a passenger,” he says at one point. In another, he says, “I want to be remembered for who I was, not who I am about to become.”
Sam tries to stay strong. He goes to the bathroom to compose himself when his emotions are overwhelming him, camouflaging his tears with the water from the sink. “I’m strong enough? Can I do this? ”He wonders.
The title derives from the fact that they are both amateur astronomers and is a reference to the nothing that awaits us all, but especially the void that Tusker faces. It’s a little story of two men that somehow resonates with all of us, like stardust.
There are dialogues that remain recorded. “You are not supposed to mourn when the person is still alive,” says Tusker. Later Sam tries to explain his dilemma in a cosmic sense: “It’s not about justice. It’s about love”.
Other films have portrayed stories about people with dementia, such as Glenda Jackson in Elizabeth Is Missing, Julie Christie and Away From Her and Julianne Moore in Still Alice, but this story feels different.
Supernova It features a same-sex couple who is coping with illness, but sexuality is transcendent. Anyone in a long-term relationship will smile at the sight of Sam and Tusker willingly arguing over a space in the bed or the navigation system. Anyone can melt when Sam uses his lover’s arm as a keyboard, kisses Tucci’s head tenderly, or when their arms are entwined around each other.
The camera is often kept in the back seat watching the two of them navigate, literally and figuratively, in this new territory. Composer Keaton Henson’s music, performed on strings and piano, is painfully sad.
There are also moments of silence as powerful as a stellar explosion. In one, Sam reviews Tusker’s most recent manuscript and sees its once bold and aggressive handwriting grow more and more cluttered and empty, until only a single, crossed-out word remains on the page.
In any case, this is a film that advises us to hold on and treasure the moments we spend together: the parties, the walks, the meals, the silent cuddles.
“Thanks,” Sam says as they drive down a narrow road.
“From what,” Tusker asks him.
“This,” says Sam.
It’s the same sentiment we offer Macqueen: Thank you for this.
Supernova, a Bleecker Street premiere, is rated R (requiring minors under 17 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian) from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for its language, references to dementia and suicide. Duration: 93 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.