Releasing Date:- 03 Nov, 2023
Genre:- Drama, Biography
Cinema:- Movie (English, French)
Avg. Users’ Rating:- 3.0/5
IMDb Rating:- 8.2/10
Cast & Crew:-
Director:- James Marsh
Actor:- Aidan Gillen, Gabriel Byrne, Bronagh Gallagher
Dance First Movie Story:-
Many aspects of the life of the literary Samuel Beckett giant: Parisian bon vivant, World War II Resistance warrior, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, philandering spouse and hermit.
Dance First Movie Review:-
James Marsh has directed a Hollywoodized biopic of Samuel Beckett, focusing on his life and work in the French resistance and romantic intrigue. The film starts with Beckett escaping the Nobel ceremony to talk privately with a doppelganger confessor, causing him to contemplate giving the prize money to someone else. The film is well-acted and tackles the paradox of Beckett’s bleak fictional universe and his real life of service in the French resistance.
Gabriel Byrne delivers a thoughtful performance as Beckett, while Fionn O’Shea portrays the younger man. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Beckett’s wife Suzanne, whom he cheated with translator and critic Barbara Bray. Aiden Gillen’s portrayal of James Joyce is particularly enjoyable, as he portrays Joyce’s predatory nature towards Beckett, his young amanuensis and translator in prewar Paris. Robert Aramayo plays Beckett’s Jewish friend Alfy Péron, who died soon after the liberation.
Screenwriter Neil Forsyth avoids the “fail better” cliche and uses a fragment of Godot in the title. The film is watchable and persuasive, with a melancholy final image.
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