Title: A Long Way Down

Director: Pascal Chaumeil

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Sam Neil.

The director of ‘Heartbreaker’ comes back with a heartfelt and heart-moving story of lost souls, who find each other for healing, adapting with mastery the novel by Nick Hornby ‘A Long Way Down.’

The story is written in the first-person narrative from the points of view of the four main characters, Martin (Pierce Brosnan), Maureen (Toni Collette), Jess  (Imogen Poots)and JJ aka John Julius (Aaron Paul). These four strangers happen to meet on the roof of a high building called Toppers’ House in London on New Year’s Eve, each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined when they meet. The novel recounts their misadventures as they decide to come down from the roof alive – however temporarily that may be.

The British quartet of protagonists – Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul – is impressive in embracing all shades of the human condition, with irresistible sardonic humour.

The dark comedy plays off the themes of suicide, angst, depression and promiscuity, as the four wretched people form a surrogate family, to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

‘A Long Way Down,’ reminds us that we are not alone in being messed up in this insane world; and is the utmost demonstration of how “elective affinities” create a stronger bond than relatives and become your family by choice.

Technical: B

Acting: A

Story: B

Overall: B+

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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