Supernova

 (2,060)1 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
DramaRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
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English
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Producers
Emily MorganTristan Goligher
Studio
Bleecker Street
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
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Elizabeth Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA 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 starsA 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 starsA 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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Janice KayReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars50 stars
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Perfection. When two actors completely inhabit their characters so beautifully, can you still call it acting? Performances like these are so rare, they deserve to be called by a different name. Profoundly moving. Unforgettable. Not a false nanosecond. Heavenly cinematography and music.
12 people found this helpful
giesenmiReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsBeautifully 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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E.GrayReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsSneaks 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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Andy B.Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA movie to talk about what no one talks about.
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Beautiful filmography. Two great actors. And a heavy topic... one to make you think, and appreciate every day you are given.
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C. FurrReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsAuthentic
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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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