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Our Friend (2019)

Director:
Gabriela Cowperthwaite

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Our Friend

RUNNING TIME
124 minutes

Producer:
Michael Pruss
Teddy Schwarzman
Ryan Stowell
Kevin J. Walsh

Screenwriter (based on the novel "The Friend" by Matthew Teage):
Brad Ingelsby


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Matthew Teague Casey Affleck
Nicole Teague Dakota Johnson
Dane Faucheaux Jason Segel
Aaron Jake Owen -
Teresa Gwendoline Christie -
Faith Pruett Cherry Jones -
Molly Teague Isabella Kai Rice -

Evie Teague

Violet McGraw -

 

Review

Family friend Dane (Jason Segel) moves into the home of the Teague family to support dad Matthew (Casey Affleck) when mom Nicole (Dakota Johnson) is diagnosed with terminal cancer. This based-on-a-true-story account is heartfelt, sincere and well-acted, even if director Gabriela Cowperthwaite chooses a somewhat annoying narrative technique of several weakly defined timelines, arguably in an attempt to infuse a sense of peaks and valleys into a rather straightforward story. Perhaps she should have trusted the story itself and gone for a more linear approach, or at least fewer timelines. At any rate, the platonic love triangle has a fine balance between mystique and graciousness. There's an openness in the material which is attractive, and which works as a counterweight to the inevitable finiteness of Nicole's downward spiral. Thematically and emotionally, the film reaches its zenith in a segment towards the end when the wonderful Cherry Jones comes in to resuscitate Dane and Matthew and help them lay Nicole to rest. Our Friend makes an impression, perhaps even a lasting one.

Copyright 13.09.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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