May December 2023 1080p WEB-DL DD5.1 x264
Saw this that the filmfestival 2023 in Ghant (Belgium). Although this is not a whodunit, it shows many similarities in design and storytelling. Things come to light, maybe not in the right order, maybe not all true, maybe disformed or even invented by the revealer. We add it all to the mix of "facts" to build a picture of the main protagonists, and we draw our conclusions on the fly, only to be confused by the next "fact", having to start all over again. This movie is exemplary in that respect. The story is well told and keeps our attention from start to finish. Several characters were not very likable, especially Gracie, but this is bound to be on purpose. For a very long time, the impression is maintained that Gracie is superficial, naïve and not really grown up despite her age, but near the end we are sent in a different direction. Nothing is certain, and we are left puzzled and confused, exactly as it should be. The running time may look long, given the ingredients. Now I've seen it, I don't think it overly long, at least I did not have that feeling. Moreover, leaving things out would have destroyed the storytelling and prevented fleshing out the respective characters as done here. Finally, the plot is not over-complicated. As I see it now, ample interesting ingredients but not too many.
- Natalie Portman
- Chris Tenzis
- Charles Melton