Sam (Academy Award winner Colin Firth) and Tusker (Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are traveling across England in their old camper van visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before. Firth and Tucci are convincingly complemented. The British actor has always admitted a soft centre beneath his upper-middle-class carapace. Tucci’s more coiled persona suits a character who, even before the condition emerged, exhibited a taste for waspishness.
It is a terrific piece of writing about the difficulties of living on the fringes of a catastrophe – acknowledging the danger, but rarely addressing the true terrors that await. When Tusker says goodbye to his in-laws, his brow furrows just the tiniest bit as he accepts this may be the last time he recognises them. Others can fantasise and obfuscate. He finds it less easy to avoid the realities.
At the centre of the drama, Keaton Henson’s fine score becomes more agitated as Sam and Tusker engage with the most harrowing options open to them. The dispute ultimately brings us to a place of resolution. The two flawless performances, presented in the polite shades of prestige British cinema, make a winning case for the virtues of seasoned affection. An irresistible treat.
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