Run time: 95 mins
Tender performances from Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth carry this heartfelt, intimate film from actor-turned-film-maker Harry Macqueen, whose 2014 debut, Hinterland, was also a two-hander about love.
Partners Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci) are driving through the Lake District, headed to the first concert classical pianist Sam intends to give after what appears to have been a long break. Tusker has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. He knows there will come a time, sooner rather than later, when he’ll look into Sam’s eyes and no longer see the man he’s loved for two decades. Inevitability hangs like a pointed sword above these men’s heads.
But life continues as normal, it seems, except for the creeping feeling that all their bickering about sat-navs, cooking responsibilities, and sleeping arrangements are but a well-rehearsed play that helps the two avoid confrontation with what lies ahead.
The tone of Supernova will strike anyone who’s still recovering from the pulverising impact of The Father, as extremely gentle. And that’s sort of the point; it never insists on pleasing Oscar judges; this a more low-key affair; a sincere and affecting portrait of two people stoically accepting mortality. (Jack Whiting)