This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
watched at nyff in anticipation for part ii tomorrow and i’m having trouble finding the words. i had my teeth gritted and eyes watering for a good chunk of the film. joanna hogg’s writing and direction is truly beautiful. the moments where julie cannot find the words, when she apologises when we know she shouldn’t, when she stays when she should leave. all these things are so achingly raw and real. it wasn’t easy to watch, to see julie make decisions against reason, but i wanted to hold her face in my hands and tell her everything will be alright.
though i did desperately wish this had subtitles, the tragedy of macbeth was reality shattering to me. it married theatre and film in such a lovely way. it never pretends to be reality—its every shadow was theatrical. i wish i’d read my copy of macbeth beforehand, but still, it was a marvel to witness this film and the powerhouse performances and the carefully crafted cinematography. no, i don’t think this is for everyone, nor is it for me most days,…