April 17, 2017 — The reviews for Cesc Gay’s Truman have been outstanding.
The Spanish/Argentinian Truman won 5 major Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscar®) upon its release in Spain. Now the rest of the world is getting a chance to see how truly special this movie is.
The San Francisco Chronicle has praised it unreservedly: “Truman” is a great Spanish film that has taken 18 months to arrive in the United States. Last year, at the Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscars), it cleaned up — best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, best director and best original screenplay. Directed by Cesc Gay, it’s a small, perfect movie whose specialness is apparent from its first minutes. …Darín, an Argentine actor, really must be seen in “Truman.” There is a level at which acting becomes sublime, at which it becomes a testament to human capacity, both in what is and what it depicts. You know it when you encounter it — the Hallelujah Chorus, Greta Garbo’s face, Ron Swoboda’s catch in the 1969 World Series … there are things in life and art that are simply so beautiful that they must be witnessed, and Darín’s performance in “Truman” is one of those.”
“There are some actors whose mere presence guarantees enough quality to pique interest. Argentinian veteran Ricardo Darín fits into this category, capable of channeling calm undercurrents of charisma in any direction required. He does just that in Truman. …What Truman does so well is restraint. The comedy is rare and deadpan, the dramatic highpoints sudden and unexpected. Sometimes they come together. Julián quizzing a vet on the emotional loss a dog feels, or vehemently shaking his head at the thought of an urn for sea burial brings melancholic laughs. Darín steps from these naïve moments into poignancy with ease. Wrapped in a hug with his adult son, or facing life without his beloved dog sees his face immediately crumple before he throws up an element of control again.” Under the Radar“Spanish filmmaker Cesc Gay’s wistful, melancholic dramady “Truman” swept his country’s Goya and Gaudi Awards; now it’s about to hit U.S. screens, where it is bound to have appreciative audiences reaching for their Kleenex. …The script that Gay co-wrote with Tomàs Aragay doesn’t make light of the subject matter, but it is imbued with some beautiful humor that helps make this drama so much more entertaining. Most of the credit, however, must go to the extraordinarily talented Darin, who as Julien makes his relationship with Tomas — and in fact with everyone else — so immensely touching. He pitches his performance so perfectly, and whilst it has more than its share of sadness, it has its moments of joy that you know that he wants to be his real legacy.
Still, you might want to have two boxes of Kleenex handy: One for Julian, and one for Truman.” Edge Media Network
Don’t miss out on one of the best acting performances of its time.
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