- Elf 2017
Paul (Patrick D. Green) has a hard time accepting that his wife Iris
(Lindsae Klein) has died, and thus he tries to drown everything in
alcohol, as a way of killing himself. But the more he drinks the more his
memories get muddled, to a point where he thinks he has killed her. That
said, he has plenty of tape recordings of Iris, which he plays to honour
her memory - but even those start to lie, or rather he doesn't always hear
what's on them exactly but what he wants to hear ... or dreads to hear.
Eventually, his delusions get so bad that he imagines Iris being there
again, and the two of them share (or re-share) moments of happiness even.
But these delusions also happen to hold the key to what has really
happened, and that's not necessarily what Paul would like to hear ...
rather compelling film about grief and how to (not) deal with it that
doesn't try to hammer a message home and rather tells an engaging story
that develops at an intentionally laid back pace but eventually presents
the audience with a fittingly complex puzzle, also helped of course by an
atmosphere-driven directorial effort and a great pair of lead actors.
worth a watch!
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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