Supernova: Love & Loss
Last week, I wrote about a joyful summer blockbuster that cut through the often emotionally devastating film programming that comes with supporting independent and international cinema. Well, this week, I'm back to the tearjerkers. Don't let that put you off though, because what we have here is a beautiful film, delicate and sensitive, with a huge heart that is well-deserving of an hour or so of your time.
Supernova comes out this Friday. It's fresh from the film festival circuit, including busy screenings during the national London Film Festival preview tour we took part in late last year. Starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, Supernova follows a couple facing a diagnosis of early-onset dementia that changes the course of their lives.
Playing out like a road-movie, the film follows Tusker (Tucci) and Sam (Firth) as they drive across the sweeping British countryside. They travel in their campervan, visiting family, friends and favourite places from their past, a literal trip down memory lane, whilst it's still an option. As the journey unfolds, the pair must decide how to proceed with their relationship. After twenty long years together, do their ideas for the future still align in the face of Tuskers irreparable illness?
Told with incredible sensitivity, Supernova is a heart-wrenching portrait of deep love and the fear of loss that can come with it. It's about how we manage our own mortality and how we might face the mortality of our loved ones. Overall, the film's premise is a simple one, but what makes Supernova great is the vast emotional depth and incredible character complexity with which it's told.
Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci make an incredible pairing, with a carefully crafted chemistry that leaps from the screen. It can only come from a genuine trust and care that the pair have for one another, and it creates an on-screen romance that is remarkably natural and real.
Supernova is released in cinemas and coming to the Showroom from Friday 25 June. We will also be relaunching our popular Early Doors programme with this film on Thursday 8 July. Early Doors is our matinee film screening that takes place every Thursday at 11am. Tickets are £6 for over-55's and include a complimentary tea or coffee and a piece of cake. Our Early Doors programme also features an introduction to the film from a member of our film programming team (and sometimes guest speakers), in the place of adverts and trailers.
Supernova is screening at Showroom Cinema from Friday 25 June. Tickets are on sale now.
This article first featured in the Sheffield Telegraph on Thursday 24 June 2021.