Darren Aronofsky introduces us to a severely obese teacher trying to reconcile with his daughter. Will Brendan Fraser win the Best Actor Oscar?
“I need to know that I did something right with my life”, says Charlie, the protagonist of this anguishing and at the same time grotesque exercise in emotional pornography. A broken, helpless and fragile man at the center of a concentrated broth into which Darren Aronofsky pours his obsessions –self-destruction, pain, guilt or redemption–, and that is torn between our desire to empathize with it and the efforts of its director and screenwriter to prevent it, boycotting the great film that could have been and unfortunately it is not.
With a more Spartan staging than usual by the director of ‘El luchador’, the film benefits from a Fraser far above the story, and who does not need to prove that he is an excellent dramatic actor because he always has been. There are ‘Gods and Monsters’ or ‘The impassive American’ to remember it. An interpreter who transmits compassion, tenderness and warmth, but also pain and sadness, leaving behind the ostracism of recent years and scoring a triumphant return with a bittersweet flavor.
For devotees of artistic resurrections
Direction: Darren Aronofsky Distribution: Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Samantha Morton, Ty Simpkins, Hong Chau Country: USA Year: 2022 Release date: 27–1-2023 Gender: Drama Script: Darren Aronofsky. Work: Samuel D. Hunter Duration: 117 min.
Synopsis: A severely obese lonely English teacher (Brendan Fraser) tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter in one last chance for redemption.
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