Il prossimo film in lingua originale è The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, in programma al Cinema Centrale lunedì 8 luglio alle 21.20.
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The Death & Life of John F. Donovan is a Canadian drama film, co-written, co-produced, and directed by Xavier Dolan in his English-language debut. The film deals with themes of celebrity, tabloid media in Hollywood, mother-son relationships, and homosexuality. Kit Harington plays John F.Donovan, a young American TV actor who finds in Rupert Turner (Jacob Tremblay), an 11-year-old fan, the most unexpected pen-pal. Now fully grown, a decade after John’s death, Rupert (Ben Schnetzer) chooses to gather their correspondence for a book, reflecting on the late star’s states of mind through his words. The film chronicles John Donovan’s career in 2006 up through the present day as the older Rupert mourns the actor’s death during an interview with journalist Audrey Newhouse (Thandie Newton). Susan Sarandon also appears as Grace Donovan, John’s mother, alongside Kathy Bates as his manager Barbara Haggermaker, and Natalie Portman as the boy’s mother. With three distinct characters (a young Rupert, his 20-something older self, and Donovan himself), the film aspires to intertwine all storylines together, and at times this combination works, opening a door on the characters’ inner vulnerabilities. “His style usually unleashing an extremely divisive response, Xavier Dolan’s latest opus The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is unlikely to drastically change audiences’ minds. In this, the Québécois director’s first English-language feature, Dolan studies the toxic aspects of stardom, while once again losing his characters within the vagaries of maternal tragedy. While always excelling at portraying the chaotic ballet of family ties, here Dolan struggles to connect mothers with sons. Harington gives a convincing performance, underlining John’s ambivalent side, both in love and in hate with his mother Grace (Susan Sarandon) – a strand sadly under-explored.” (Marie-Célia Cannenpasse) Dolan told Collider during a recent set visit that his film is “the story of a child who worships an actor.” The French Canadian filmmaker added that his latest is built around Hollywood movie tropes of the superhero and the villain.