Director: Harry Macqueen
Writer: Harry Macqueen
Starring: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci
Runtime: 93 Mins
RATING: 3.5 Stars
Sam and Tusker are traveling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have. – From IMDB
The most amazing this about this film is how quiet and gentle and moving it is. Both men are obviously going through a lot with the onset of Tusker’s dementia, and the certainty that it is going to get worse. It’s dealt with beautifully, if maybe a little too gently and maybe romanticised a little too much. Still, the emotional moments are there to kick you in the stomach just when you think that Tucci’s witty character is getting a little too jovial, and that maybe everything will be OK.
The film, despite being about a pair of older, gay men, is not politicised in anyway. And I am glad that they chose to make this a film that is just a beautiful love story, and a heart-breaking look at dementia, rather than a film about a ‘Gay’ couple dealing with Dementia. It’s time gay couples were more normalised in films, rather than the fact they are gay being the defining characteristic of their characters. Tucci and Firth have great on screen chemistry, and their love story is just amazing t watch. Own voices actors, actors who are gay actually playing the gay roles, would have been a more desirable choice, but I can’t fault the performances of the two leading men we got.
It’s going to be a tough watch for anyone with a personal stake in the storyline. A lot of hard things are discussed and the ending, although left open, and nothing incredibly upsetting is shown, is definitely an emotional one.