After critical and public success the father (2020), up Sonalthough this time the result is not very stimulating.
Son (SonUK-France / 2022). Directed by: Florian Zeller. Screenplay: Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, based on Zeller’s work. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zane McGrath, Vanessa Kirby, Laura Dern, Anthony Hopkins, William Hope, Aki Kotabe, Daniel Lewis, Nancy Baldwin, and Reza Diakow. Music: Hans Zimmer. Photography: Ben Smithard. Distributor: Diamond Films. Duration: 123 minutes. Suitable for over 16 years old.
Coming from the field of theatre, French Florian Zeller created a trilogy of films a few years ago based on his work on various aspects of mental health. The first was the father, which won a new Oscar for Anthony Hopkins, focused on the gradual and inevitable decline of an older man. Now comes the second turn. Sonwhich shifts the focus of the plot to the complex relationship of a depressed teenager with his divorced parents.
These parents are Peter (Hugh Jackman) and Kate (Laura Dern), who have been separated for a long time. As he rebuilds his life with a new partner named Beth (Vanessa Kirby), with whom he has just become a father for the second time, Kate continues to grieve, which is exacerbated by the problems of her son Nicholas (Zane McGrath), who has made a month out of school. When asked why he didn’t go, his answer was, “I don’t know.”
Faced with this situation, and trying to breathe new life into a life that makes no sense to him, Nicholas asks to move in with his father and his new family, which is a difficult decision for Peter to digest and especially for his young wife, who suddenly has to live with a teenager who is always ready to berate her for her responsibility in the breakup. . When everything seems to be set right, Nicholas relapses into a depression that forces his parents to join forces to try and get through it.
unlike the fatherwho, using the character of Hopkins as a point of view, very well conveyed the anxiety and helplessness in the face of the progression of the problem, Son It’s told through the eyes of a father, forcing an emotional distance on events that Zeller doesn’t seem to know very well how to avoid. After all, no character is interesting enough to arouse sympathy or pity, and no situations are out of the ordinary. The result is a cold, soulless movie that watches a family situation crumble without much care.
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