“Truman,” A Deeply Moving And Beautifully Acted Film, Addresses End-Of-Life Issues With Humor, Compassion, Intelligence And Truth
January 6, 2017 — Truman is one of the most-acclaimed movies to come out of Spain and Argentina in decades.
Director Cesc Gay’s film has won 29 awards since its premiere in 2015, including 5 Goya Awards — the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars®. At the 30th Award ceremony the film was awarded Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
Julian (Ricardo Darín) is a reasonably successful actor living in Madrid. He gets a surprise visit from Tomas, a childhood friend with whom he has stayed in touch throughout the years. However, they have not seen one another recently — Tomas is a school teacher and he lives in Canada with his wife and children.
Julian is surprised — and a little suspicious of the timing of his friend’s visit.
Julian has terminal cancer and has decided to forego further treatments; he suspects that Tomas has shown up suddenly to try to talk him into continuing treatment. But Tomas is not planning anything if the sort. He just wants to spend some time — undoubtedly the last time — with his old friend.
The two travel around together, as Julian settles the end-of-life things that he needs to take care of. One of the things that matters most to him is his dog, Truman. Julian makes the decision to find a new home for his beloved boxer — but not before investigating whether dogs mourn for a departed friend.
Ricardo Darin is one of the greatest stars in Argentina (Chinese Take-Away, the Academy Award®-winning The Secret in Their Eyes), and this is his most recent, highly-acclaimed performance.
Reviews for this film have been stellar:
The Hollywood Reporter: “Cesc Gay’s film is an intimate, performance-driven take on a friendship nearing its inevitable end.”
Toronto International Film Festival: “With the collaboration of acting greats Darín and Cámara, Gay brings humour and sensitivity to this private and personal story, creating a singular reflection on friendship at the end of life.”
Truman will release theatrically on February 3.