Run time: 106 mins
Andrew Haigh’s wonderfully contained fantasy drama provides a shattering reminder of the power of love.
In a new apartment block, Adam (Scott) isolates himself, engrossed in writing an autobiographical screenplay. His solitude is interrupted when his neighbour, Harry (Mescal) knocks on his door one night. Initially unsettled by Harry’s drunken state and disruptive behaviour, a sweet romance develops between the pair, grounded in shared emotions. Meanwhile, upon revisiting his childhood home, Adam finds his long deceased parents frozen in time. Seizing the moment, he reveals his true self and updates them on his life. As his dreams and flights of fancy intensify, there are further revelations to come.
Shot in a bracingly naturalistic style, the story is infused with a surreal undertone that draws on the creative process itself. Performances are focussed and invested across the board, with an especially demanding role for Scott as man looking into his past and the expectations he has for himself. This is an odyssey of discovery for him, and Scott plays the soul-searching without any melodrama.
Deceptively simple, it’s a gently involving, darkly personal film that carries a massive emotional wallop