I had read a few wanky film reviews of this film and it actually didn’t paint the best picture, so to my surprise it was thoroughly enjoyable. It’s very poignant and sad, yet also uplifting and beautiful. A quiet study of family dynamics with a strong versatile cast who is very comfortable in their owns skins allowing them to show rawness.
Lily, a spirited woman in her late 60s, is preparing for a weekend with her husband, Paul, and their visiting children.Despite her impaired mobility, Lily insists on fending for herself. The couple are hoping for a lovely day, but the mood is clearly strained when their guests begin to arrive at their country home. First is daughter Jennifer, who comes with her husband, Michael, and their 15-year-old son, Jonathan. Lily and Paul’s friend Elisabeth arrives, as does younger daughter Anna and her on-and-off partner Chris. Rebellious Anna has been elusive and out of contact with the family, a fact that clearly angers her elder sister. As the weekend continues, old wounds come to the surface, driving some family members apart and others together. With both daughters increasingly conflicted about their mother’s plan, Lily’s hopes of a peaceful farewell appear to be under threat.
This is a remake of the 2014 Danish film Silent Heart, both with screenplays by Christian Torpe. This is very much the Hollywood version, with Oscar-winning actresses and a gorgeous setting, the English shore standing in for Connecticut.
USA 2020, 97 min, rated M (drug use & offensive language)
Directed by Roger Michell
Starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Rainn Wilson & Lindsay Duncan