Light of My Life

2019

Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.4 10 149

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Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10 / 10

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Greetings again from the darkness. The opening scene features an adolescent child spellbound by the bedtime story being told by a father. The story is an enhanced and personalized version of Noah's Ark, and the scene goes on for at least 10 minutes ... the camera never leaving their faces. What appears to be a simple campout turns curious, if not a bit ominous, as the father is next shown taking down a rigged security system and hiding certain personal items. This is the narrative feature directorial debut for Casey Affleck, who also wrote the story, produced the film, and is the lead actor (the father noted above). As the daily rituals of these two characters unfold, the pieces of the puzzle come together and we learn there has been what is described as QTB - a female plague - that has killed off most of the females on the planet. As if a world of only men isn't frightening enough, the father's traveling companion is soon revealed to be a young girl disguised as a boy. This creates the ominous tone and explains the ever-present danger for these two, as rumor has it that the few remaining women are being held captive in camps to prevent the entire species from being eliminated. This is the story of one man's efforts to protect his precious daughter from a society gone awry. Anna Pniowsky establishes herself as a young actress to keep an eye on, as she is terrific as Rag, the daughter in disguise. Wise beyond her years, and though she has a general understanding of the constant threat, she is also quite curious about herself, her mother, and this bizarre world she is traversing with the only person in the world she can trust. Elisabeth Moss appears as the mother during flashbacks for Affleck's character. This previous home life was a peaceful and loving environment, but the mother was stricken by the plague not long after giving birth to the daughter. In contrast to the motherly environment, this father-daughter bond and existence requires constant preparation for escape. They must always be ready to "go" at a moment's notice. Their red alerts and back-up plans are discussed and repeated. Their life in hiding means they never know who they can trust, and their solution is to distrust everyone - even though the father explains not all men are the enemy. His low key sense of calmness masks the constant stress they face. Mr. Affleck is an Oscar winning actor (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA), and he shows some promise as a filmmaker (after his previous experiment with Joaquin Phoenix in I'M STILL HERE). Expert cinematography is provided by Emmy winner Adam Arkapaw ("True Detective" season one). At its core, the film is a story of the bond between father and daughter; however, it's wrapped in a survival story. They strive to survive the next hour, the next day, and the next night. The film is a blend of CHILDREN OF MEN (2006), THE ROAD (2009) and LEAVE NO TRACE (2018), yet it brings a different tone and an emphasis to just how far a parent will go to protect their child. It's a dystopian tale with a splash of gender identity questions, and a bond between father and daughter best surmised with their own words, "I love you to the sun and back."

Reviewed by js-66130 / 10

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

An unsettling slow burn survival tale with a methodic yet effective reveal, "Light of My Life" is a startling father-daughter road movie, which operates around a pandemic. A pandemic that has devastated the female population. A pandemic that now pits men against each other in desperate times. Casey Affleck writes, directs and stars. And he is good. Without his usual Bawston drawl, Affleck is actually intelligible, which helps. Helps a lot. As a good guy on the run, even when there appears nowhere to go, Affleck delivers a stark little masterpiece that digs deep into a parent and child bond whilst the outside world is crumbling to hell. Similar to Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", "Light of My Life" relies heavily on the leads, and they shine. They shine when wet, when muddy, when frozen, when filthy, when bloody. In the end it's not where they go, or what happens, it's about their little world, their unique connection. Affleck and Anna Pniowsky own the screen from the unforgettable opening sequence to the thrilling end. Easy to root for, this one is. Except for the terrible title of course. hipCRANK

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