Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Proxima (2019) opens Friday


Eva Green plays an astronaut preparing to go into space and herself for being away from her daughter for a year.

Full disclosure, I thought this was going to be something different than what it is. I was expecting a bigger and splashier film than what I got. I am not complaining , but if you go in expecting a big epic you may be disappointed in what is in many ways a quiet domestic drama.

I liked the small scale story. I like that for the first time we got a human scale look at what it takes to do a job like being an astronaut. It raised all sorts of issues about what it entail. If you are a single mom, what do you do with your daughter? How do you handle the the disappointments on all sides? Additionally how does what you do effect your child?

I was impressed.

And while I like the film a great deal, I don't love it. It is a tad too lw key for me. I don't know if that is because it is genuinely low key or because being a space kid I find all things space things exciting and the tone here is a let down.

My reservations aside PROXIMA is worth a look.

(And the shots of the real astronauts with their children did make me tear up)

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