Tri­als, tribu­la­tions of daily life

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE - MASEGO PANYANE


DIREC­TOR: Dan Fo­gel­man CAST: Os­car Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, An­nette Ben­ing, An­to­nio Ban­deras RUN­NING TIME: 118 min­utes RAT­ING: ★★★✩✩

AS A young New York cou­ple Will Dempsey (Os­car Is­sac) and Abbey Dempsey (Olivia Wilde) goes from col­lege ro­mance to mar­riage and the birth of their first child Dy­lan (Olivia Cooke), the un­ex­pected twists of their jour­ney cre­ate re­ver­ber­a­tions that echo over con­ti­nents and through life­times in Life It­self.

Direc­tor and writer Dan Fo­gel­man of This Is Us fame, ex­am­ines the per­ils and re­wards of ev­ery­day life in a multi­gen­er­a­tional saga with an in­ter­na­tional cast.

Set in New York City and Car­mona, Spain, Life It­self cel­e­brates the hu­man con­di­tion and all of its com­pli­ca­tions with hu­mour, poignancy and love.

The above words do not be­long to me. In fact, I sourced them al­most en­tirely from a syn­op­sis that was sent to me.

I felt over­whelmed af­ter watch­ing the film.

It’s a very lay­ered story, one that’s been in­tri­cately wo­ven.

The film ex­plores the themes of love, ob­ses­sion, fam­ily, men­tal health, the griev­ing process and the over­ar­ch­ing theme ex­plores the un­pre­dictable na­ture of life.

Life It­self opens in cin­e­mas to­day.

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