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May December (2023)

Directed by:
Todd Haynes
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
May December

RUNNING TIME
117 minutes

Produced by:
Natalie Portman
Sophie Mas
Christine Vachon
Pamela Koffler
Grant S. Johnson
Tyler W. Konney
Jessica Elbaum
Will Ferrell

Written by:
Samy Burch


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Elizabeth

Natalie Portman

Gracie

Julianne Moore

Joe Yoo

Charles Melton

Georgie

Cory Michael Smith

Mary Atherton-Yoo

Elizabeth Yu -
Charlie Atherton-Yoo Gabriel Chung
Honor Atherton-Yoo Piper Curda -
Tom Atherton D. W. Moffett

 

Review

A loose rendition of the Mary Kay Letourneau scandal, directed with an unparalleled knack for nuance by Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven). And there is plenty of potential for that in this controversial story, about the now middle-aged Gracie (Julianne Moore) infamous for her 23-year-relationship with her husband Joe (Charles Melton) which began when he was only 13 years old. May December details how their family is put to the test once more when a famous actress (Natalie Portman) comes to stay with them in preparation for her playing Gracie in an upcoming film adaptation. The most refreshing about May December may well be that Haynes seems to be more interested in the characters' inner workings than the story's controversy in itself. Through Marcelo Zavros' score (a reorchestration of Michel Legrand's work for the film The Go-Between) and some exciting cuts and transitions, Haynes forefronts the story's edginess without making it tabloid or sensationalistic. In particular, there's an ever-present underlying tension in the juxtaposition of Joe's relationship with Gracie and how Liz is gradually becoming her mirror image. There are subtleties around every corner in here, and every plot and character development is open for interpretation. And when all is said and done, you may well feel that the film is just as critical of the movie business as it is of the choices made by the Gracie character. There are superb performances by the three leads, despite Moore's annoying and alternating lisp.

Copyright 28.02.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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