Our Friend - Review (London Film Festival 2019)
Put on a Brave Face. 4 / 5
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. After learning that his terminally ill wife has six months to live, a man welcomes the support of his best friend who moves into their home to help out.
Our Friend is a devastating and sincere celebration of life when a terminal illness hits a family and the man that helps them through it.
I read the article that this was based on before writing this review and it's so tastefully written adding a whole other dimension to the story.
A sucker punch of a film, the story speaks for itself but it’s the performance and chemistry of the main cast that really sells it.
Affleck, Johnson and Segel all shine for different reasons. Their performances and the back and forth narrative as we see their lives before and after diagnosis make our connection to them stronger, but it also makes the pain stronger.
If I'm ever in a situation as awful as this, I'd want Jason Segel to come and help me out. Hitting on real topics, it’s an understandably tough watch but in a bittersweet way is uplifting and makes you appreciate the people around you.