An intriguing character study on the life of a carer and his intimately challenging relationships with those on the edge of death. Roth is restrained and keeps us guessing at his motivations and his past throughout and Franco does an expert job of keeping us guessing where the moral line is drawn using levity to navigate the dark subject matter. 4 stars
Bleak, heartbreaking but incredibly human. It talks about illness and how whether the victim or his relatives deal with it. But most importantly: how a caring nurse deals daily with all that stuff. How it affects him and changes his perception on life. I love that we slowly peel layers from Tim Roth's character and his past. A very different performance from Roth that allows him and the film to breathe. Great film.
Best screenplay award winner in Cannes 2015 doesn't give anything new except outstanding performance by Tim Roth. The whole realization starting from editing, cinematography and even acting has been seen in most of European movies, especially from the new wave of Romanian and Hungarian, even Scandinavian movies.
Michel Franco is clearly obsessed with long medium shots. While he had considerable success with that in "After Lucia", it gets really stale here, and robs the film of the emotional intimacy that it should have. In fact, Franco's direction and underwritten screenplay make it very difficult to invest in the film. Even Tim Roth's stirring performance can only do so much.
If you have not seen Uberto Pasolini's "Still Life" (2013), a Venice festival winner, you will love this film. If you have, you will realize the screenplay/direction borrows unabashedly from the Pasolini film. It is sad that the Cannes Jury was unaware of the plagiarism and awarded it for the most culpable aspect--the screenplay! Please view "Still Life" and you will note the increasing incidence of plagiarism.