By Eddy Montilla.
Directed by: Ritesh Batra
Written by: Nick Payne
MPAA: PG-13 Parents strongly cautioned (Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.)
Starring: Jim Broadbent (as Tony Webster), Harriet Walter (as Margaret), Michelle Dockery (as Susie), Charlotte Rampling (as Veronica Ford), Billy Howle (as Young Tony)…
Running Time: 108 minutes
If you are a middle-aged person, you should see The Sense of an Ending (2017) because this movie might be a mirror of yourself. If you are a young person, you should do the same, since that is the period of life where you inevitably go someday. After reading my praise for the movie, intuitive minds can easily recognize some disparity between the rating (6.4) and my recommendation. Can this film be part of your “collection” and one of your all-time favorite films? Absolutely not. Did the actors create a masterpiece with their performance? I do not think so, but nevertheless, The Sense of an Ending will make your heart feel tangled itself up in your past. Why?
In general, the woman or man you married is not the person you loved most. It is the sense of getting something in return after a failure what pushes many people to get another boyfriend or husband as soon as possible. It also explains why millions of couples end up with a divorce. Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) belonged to this group, but at least he was smart enough to keep a good relationship with his ex-wife Margaret (Harriet Walter) after getting divorced. Now, retired and running a camera shop that somehow rekindles his fond memories for his first love, Veronica Ford (Charlotte Rampling), hence the first time he saw her, she was holding a camera, Tony tried to put in order his past.
When we are getting old, we tend to look back on the past and our thoughts spend more time there, enjoying those good moments we had at first and trying at least to imaginarily rectify our mistakes later. In the Sense of an Ending, a movie, based on a novel written by British author Julian Barnes, that was exactly what Tony tried to do and… What you will do someday. The way the movie deals with its plot, a piece of reality where all of us sooner or later will go, is in my opinion what makes this film somehow commendable.
One of the most striking feature of the movie occurs when Tony, after knowing from his best friend that he was dating Veronica and had decided to marry her, wrote him a letter filled with hatred that ended up turning into a curse, but not in the way he wanted at that time. When you discover what happened as Tony was talking to Veronica about the letter, your conclusion will be the same as others cinema buffs: Life has mysterious paths.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.
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