Supernova

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6.91 h 34 min2021X-RayR
Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (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.
Directors
Harry Macqueen
Starring
Colin FirthStanley Tucci
Genres
RomanceLGBTQDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Emily MorganTristan Goligher
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Bleecker Street
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R (Restricted)
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4.3 out of 5 stars

4061 global ratings

  1. 62% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
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Elizabeth Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Realistic Love Story
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Supernova is a quiet and calmly paced story of an older middle aged couple dealing with early onset dementia. The story takes it’s time to flesh out an ordinary long-term relationship between two strong characters who have no choice, but to deal with an illness that has no cure. Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are dynamic in their portrayals of Sam and Tusker. The emotionally climatic scenes are realistic and raw. While Tusker attempts to be stoic and humorous, Sam’s fear of losing his beloved is heart wrenching. It’s a well told story with superb dialog, although the ending seems a bit abrupt.

I would like to mention that this film is inappropriately rated. There is nothing in this film that justifies an R rating. While there is swearing, there is no violence or sexual acts. There is kissing, cuddling and a side view of a nude Colin Firth (you cannot see his front or his back). I am certain that if this story was a portrayal of a heterosexual couple, this film would not have an R rating. While the subject matter is too heavy for a child, it is not inappropriate for teens. A sentimental teenager would most likely be very moved by this difficult and poignant story.

Edit: After doing a bit of research I discovered that the R rating may be attributed to multiple utterances of the F-word. Most modern teens wouldn’t bat an eye.
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lavdReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A minimalist account of loss and grief
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First and foremost, this is not a "gay" movie. It is a universal story of the finale of a love affair and emotional partnership. The script is sparse, supplying us only what we need to know. In the hands of these two astonishing actrors, with their mannerisms and gestures and facial esxpressions, we learn everything. They are supported by characters who again expertly complement their story without spinning off in unnecssarty tangents. This is their story alone. The proof of the excellencve of what is to end their story is that we are not emotionally manipulated by seeing it. Nothing is dragged out to the perfect end. And while we know everything the pianist feels and thinks, we ourselves are left both rejoicing and grieving.
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C. Lenox - Write ContactReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A touching look at the toll of dementia
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This bittersweet film set in England's sweepingly beautiful Lake District tells the story of lovers Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) who go on a road trip in their RV. They visit friends, relatives, and tour places they've loved together. During the film, viewers learn that Tusker, a gifted writer, has been diagnosed with dementia. Two years into the disease, he is failing and his mind is slipping. Sam, a talented concert pianist, is heart-wrenching as Tusker's loving caregiver. Told with beautiful intimacy, Tucci and Firth are masterful in their roles. The pace of the movie is slow, poetic and languid - capturing perfectly the deep, gentle passion between these two central characters. I loved it.
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E.GrayReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sneaks up and slowly breaks your heart
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A quietly devastating movie for grownups who like more than just guns and superpowers. Amazing chemistry and the impending loss swells as the movie moves forward. If you love someone with any sense of real depth then you will definitely be moved.
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giesenmiReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully naturalistic film falls short of realism
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The movie is aimed to be a masterpiece of intimate naturalistic story-telling, and almost succeeds. The photography and direction are masterful, and the two actors couldn't have delivered better performances. But as such films often are, this film has been written to choose larger-than-life aesthetics over realism. Why do the two men have to be accomplished artists? Because a successful novelist losing the ability to read and write is more tragic than an average person's? The height from which to fall needs be more dramatic to accomplish Aristotelian aesthetic effects. Similarly, the partner has to be an accomplished pianist, so that his emotional performance in the situation, which is dramatic textbook in that it captures a person's transformation through conflict to acceptance, can be linked to an aesthetic one, which indeed concludes the film. Like the scenery, the two men's relationship and their social environment are all ideal--no hint of the resentments or disappointments that inevitably arise when two people have lived together for twenty years, or of the social difficulties that gay couples still have to face. The effects of dementia themselves, as minutely as they are being captured in some ways, in the end still are completely sanitized. (Five members of my closest family have died of Alzheimer's disease.) Stanley Tucci's character is allowed to be his wonderful and heroic self, in love with the wondrous stardust humans are made of, to the end. The option of suicide is presented, the viewer feels, not only as a real ethical choice to be negotiated in the viewer's mind, but also as a device to keep this movie heroically beautiful. The closest the movie comes to capturing psychological truth is in Colin Firth's character's reactions scene by scene, brought to life by Firth's performance, which is, as always, miraculously true through its restraint. The movie clearly is Oscar material (not necessarily a compliment); if it is singled out, at least I hope it will be Firth who will be nominated for his role in this film.
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C. FurrReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Authentic
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Both protagonists have spectacular parts dealing with the roles of carer and cared for. When viewed from persons perspective, you see what lies ahead and the thought provoking choices, both pro and con, each make. Respect, diignity, privacy, ethics, love and so much more. Authenticly written, beautiful scenery and superbly acted by two old friends in real life.
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John P. Jones IIIReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
“No longer mine”…
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Over in the East Mountains, as we say here in Albuquerque, on the other side of the Sandia, there is a remarkable museum done by a remarkable person. He was an artist, in part making his living by painting scenes for the circus. A rare ability – no layout, no draft – just start painting, and he gets it right the first time. He carved elements of many of the dioramas in the museum. Entering the museum, he taunts: “this is what I did while you were watching TV.”

His wife thought he was having an affair. Strange disappearances. He was in his early ‘50’s. Eventually it became apparent that he had Alzheimer’s. For unknown reasons, it is different when you are relatively young, like in your 50’s. It is usually fatal, as it was for him. He was dead at 59. Before he left us, he produced a painting that truly haunts: his bearded, nude self is standing in front of a mine shaft. Above the mine shaft are the paintings of CT scans of his brain. He realizes that he is losing it and provides the subject quote as the title to his painting.

Harry MacQueen directed “Supernova,” which was released this year. Colin Firth plays Sam and Stanley Tucci plays Tusker. They play the part of an aging gay couple who have been partners for 20 years. They are traveling across England in their also aging camper van – just like in the days of yore. They are still touchingly in love, having accommodated the idiosyncrasies of each other, much like in a successful heterosexual marriage. Sam is a musician, at a level that people will pay money to hear him play. Tusker is a writer.

Where were you in the ‘70’s? They reminisce. “Try and Catch the Wind” plays in the background. They drive on roads with no other cars; they camp with no one else around. How is this splendid New Mexico “elbow room” possible in crowded England?

The movie is painfully slow at the beginning, enough to cost it a star, I think. But I decide to become a bit more mellow and let MacQueen do his thing. Fittingly, like Sam the musician, I realize that MacQueen is doing “Bolero,” the steady increase in intensity. One is told that Tusker is terminally ill. In part, or entirely, it is not clear, he has Alzheimer’s. He tells his partner, Sam: “Very soon I will look into your face and not know who is staring back at me.”

There is a party of old friends. The skies above play into the movie, with Tusker’s interest in the stars. Hence the movie’s title, and how we are all a part of distant stars. Tusker wants to be in control of his own exit; Sam is extremely upset understanding the implications.

It is a great movie, particularly for those of us of a certain age. From 4-stars I raised my rating to 5-stars, plus. May we all be so lucid, and even understanding, before it is no longer mine.
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Grady HarpReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
‘Being sad when something is gone, just means it was great while it was there’
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Actor/writer/director Harry Macqueen is gifted: the young writer and director of this astonishingly fine, sensitive film SUPERNOVA establishes him as a major artist, sharing a film that quietly addresses aging, advancing dementia, and the interaction of those factors on the enduring love between two artists, together for twenty years.

The story unfolds quietly and slowly; the first suggestion of the pairing is an opening view of the couple lying in bed asleep. As they awaken their story begins: Tusker (Stanley Tucci) is a writer whose career is deterred with the progressive dementia that accompanies his fatal illness, and Sam (Colin Firth) is a pianist whose performing career is at a standstill. The couple initiates a trip in their campervan with their dog to visit friends and family, gradually sharing the impact of Tusker’s failing mind on their relationship. During their visit to Sam’s family, Tusker joins his young goddaughter on the lawn, gazing at the sky and the source of the film’s title is defined: supernova - a powerful and luminous stellar explosion when a star has reached the end of its life – is Tusker’s way of sharing the universality of us all, tenderly. On the journey Sam discovers a box that contains Tusker’s unfinished latest novel – and a letter – and that discovered secret provides one of the most genuinely sensitive cores for understanding the degree of love between the two men.

Every aspect of this film enhances its beauty – the cinematography by Dick Pope, the musical score by Keaton Henson emphasizing a duet between a string bass and a cello and the piano performance of Elgar’s Salut d’Amour actually performed by Colin Firth, the superbly subtle acting by Tucci and Firth, and the direction and screenplay by Macqueen. This is a radiant, quietly perfect paean to love and coping with dementia. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, March 22
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