Saturday, 5 July 2014

Run and Jump

Chris was working today , and so  I took myself off to see a small little Irish movie called
Run & Jump.
It was a good choice of a movie
At the start of the story Vanetia ( Maxine Peake) is seen picking up her husband Conor ( Edward Mc Liam) from hospital. She is overly bright and bubbly as she listens to music in the car -he is solemn and uncommunicative in the passenger seat. It is soon evident when they return to the family home that Conor is in recovery after a disastrous head injury.
Forte & Peake , nice performances all around

Videotaping Conor's every move is American psychology research doctor Ted ( Will Forte) who's grant for studying  Conor post injury is a source of finance for the family,
As Conor inhabits his own isolated  little world, Vanetia's high spirits and optimism starts to crumble and she and her children start to lean on the sterile Ted , who gradually becomes a reluctant head of the household.
It's an interesting story, as from very early on, it is made clear that the story is not about Conor's rehabilitation  post injury but is a study of  venetia's  grief for a husband she has effectively lost and an exploration of Ted's rehabilitation from emotionally stunted academic to middle aged man in love for the first time.
It's a warm and satisfying movie that is enhanced by a powerhouse performance by Peake and  a sweet and restrained turn by a delightful Forte.
I can recommend it.
8/10

15 comments:

  1. Will Forte is quite a good actor. I really liked him in Nebraska.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. When will you learn that the '&' sign always produces a fuck-up in the title?

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    1. & was in the title

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    2. hahahah

      I wonder if I can Netflix it. I will check.

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  3. Thanks for the recommendation. I always like to watch Maxine Peake, she is so versatile.

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    1. I loved her n DINNERLADIES

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    2. Me too! I have it on DVD as I just think it is a masterful bit of small scale sitcommery. Like in its own way, the Thin Blue Line. Anyway, I kept feeling I'd seen the actress on SIlks before, and could hardly believe it was the same person. She is just so versatile!

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    3. I love Dinnerladies! Victoria Wood is a marvel.

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  4. On my list, thanks for the review.
    XO
    WWW

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  5. I will look for it, it sounds interesting.

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  6. We now have a nice little cinema in Leyburn - small screen and ordinary chairs to sit on - but quite good films and only a mile away.
    The modern world is reaching us at last.

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  7. John I just watched this movie a couple of weeks ago (it is on Netflix in America) and I loved it. It is a subtle film and the acting is superb. I will look for Dinnerladies.

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  8. Thank you for the recommendation. I really like Maxine Peake, she was great in 'Silks' and a few other things that I can't remember the name of right now. Have you seen a Spanish film called 'All About My Mother'? It's a very sad story but brilliantly acted by all. Have a good week. x

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    1. One of my fave films nana.......

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