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Mum's List director Neill Johnson locks Rafe Spall in a very different version of hell, whose 101 minutes of footage weighed on the perception of this critic as if the amount had also been multiplied by a thousand. [Full Review in Spanish]
The scene at a dinner party in which Spall's Singe likens the pain of bereavement to struggling against the sea's undertow will knock you off your feet.
It's a tough watch but a powerful one, and beautifully acted not just by Fox and Spall but by William and Matthew Stagg, as their young sons. Well done, boys.
Even before the opening credits it is tugging on the heartstrings as if Quasimodo were at the other end, and the fierce pressure on the tear ducts never lets up, which is why I found myself resisting.
It's warm to the touch, slightly soft in the middle.
The film is an incoherent mess that may prove baffling to those unfamiliar with the source.
Good as Emilia Fox is ... it's Spall's bluff charm and unexpected resourcefulness that keeps the film as rooted in reality as cinematographer Eben Bolter's seascapes.
It is managed with honesty, dignity and conviction, and there are very real moments of personal pain.
The encounters with doctors and the hospital scenes are often chilling. Nonetheless, there is a plodding sentimentality and predictability here which stop the film from having the emotional kick that might have been expected.
A touching - if rather soft-edged - cancer weepie ...
It clearly aims to move, but the cutting between three timelines dilutes emotional impact. And despite Spall and Fox's efforts, there's something too good to be true about the characters.
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