Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this downbeat trilogy on the life and times of a man who had every reason to be depressed, director Terrence Davies has delivered a fascinating but decidely miserable 94 minutes. The first segment relates little Robert Tucker's days walled up in a tough, unsentimental boys' school, or at home with parents who are alternately violent or callous, and have no discernible redeeming qualities. When his father dies, Robert is still wracked by grief - perhaps the loss of the hope of love was too final to bear. In the next vignette, Robert has a nowhere job in a foreboding office environment. He still lives at home with his mother, and faces his own personal and emotional issues in silence. In the final segments, flashbacks and flash forwards show Tucker remembering his childhood and life, as an old man in a sterile hospital. With a hard-hitting emotional punch, this trilogy is effective cinema - but many viewers surely would have preferred some color to balance the unremitting gray tones of the story.
boredom, death, depression, grief