Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
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I stumbled across this film while browsing through HBO's movie list, and I'm very glad I did. Tom Hardy gives probably one of his best performances as the funny and heartbreaking Stuart, who I was surprised I ended up caring so much about. I loved how the story went back and forth from Stuart's life to the present day, because it kept revealing more and more about a homeless person anyone wouldn't have otherwise cared for. It's a painful reminder that the homeless are still people, which is something we often forget.
A lively and energetic biopic that is simultaneously heart-warming and heart-breaking. It's also home to two absolutely brilliant performances from Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch.
This film is based on a true story & it stars two absolutely fantastic actors early in their careersâ" Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. It tells the story of a social worker who meets a man with mental health issues & learns about him- almost despite himself. They become friends & Stuart (the man with the mental health issues) agrees to allow the social worker to write his life storyâ"with the condition that he write it starting at the end & progressing to childhood. It's quite a sad story, but it really made me think about Stuart's lifeâ"&from there it made the plight of the mentally ill who are fending for themselves due to cuts in funding for treatment much more real. An excellent, thought provoking film.
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