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Supernova

Country: UK, Language: English, 93 mins

  • Director: Harry Macqueen
  • Writer: Harry Macqueen
  • Producer: Tristan Goligher; Emily Morgan

CGiii Comment

Be still my broken heart...two seasoned pros, doing what they do best: Act.

Forget about that nonsensical argument on how [is there a why?] gay actors should [always] play gay characters [who came up with that anyway?]...it doesn't even make economical sense, if gay plays only gay...then, straight should play only straight. There goes a few careers! Anyway, I digress...but, I just had to get that off of my chest.

Back to the film...basically, a two-hander with searing emotion. This is a mannered road-trip as opposed to an eventful road movie. This is about time and togetherness...the dynamics of any relationship [not only a gay one] change over time, the passion [even the romance] is replaced with an absolute comfort...when that comfort is served notice, rather than being unexpectedly ripped away, time becomes precious and terrifying as it ticks away. That's dementia...the terror of not being while still being.

These characters know what's going to happen...Messieurs Firth and Tucci play to the inevitable..with all that familiarity that couples have. This is the discussion that none of us ever want to have...but, sadly, many of us have to have. This about choice and acceptance, about love and respect.

This is dignified and consummate filmmaking.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Sam and Tusker partners of 20 years, who are traveling across England in their old RV visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.

Cast & Characters

Colin Firth as Sam
Stanley Tucci as Tusker
James Dreyfus as Tim
Pippa Haywood as Lilly
Julie Hannan as Waitress
Sarah Woodward as Sue
Tina Louise Owens as Sam's University friend
John Alan Roberts as Sam's University friend
Lori Campbell as Lola
Peter MacQueen as Clive