Director: Cesc Gay
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: Spain/Argentina
Strong sex scene
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“Irresistible. Don’t be deceived or put off by the subject matter of Truman, it will draw you in. You will be sure to leave surprised by the spring it has put in your step.”
Leigh Paatsch, THE HERALD SUN
“A quiet humour suffuses this tender insight into the importance of friendship. Never overly melancholy, it’s a beautifully modulated interior drama about male friendship, and a showcase for two very fine actors. Gentle, wise and beautiful.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN
“Wonderful, a lot of fun. Very thoughful and reflective, very funny too. A film with a light touch, full of moments that show more than tell. Two of the best Spanish speaking actors of their generation, at the height of their powers. The nuances of these performances speak volumes.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL
“Quietly funny and a film of devastating power, neither mawkish nor obvious. If one of the concerns of Gay’s films is how a man should behave in our times, Truman offers some useful lessons.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Genuinely funny. There’s rarely a moment when the viewer can’t smile, albeit with mixed emotions. Director, Cesc Gay, gives proper weight to the concept of death, and manages to be both serious and amusing – a combination that seems like oil on water for so many Australian filmmakers.”
John McDonald, THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
“Wise, wistful and well-observed. By turns amusing and affecting – and quite often both at once. A film that should travel far beyond the fest circuit, and find receptive audiences wherever and however it is shown, for it speaks, gently yet directly, in a universal language.”
Joe Leydon, VARIETY
“A gem of a film which eschews sentimentality in this story of unspoken emotions, love and male friendship. A sweet and moving film that gives its everyday characters dignity. Beautifully rounded and affecting.”
Liza Dezfouli, ARTSHUB
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Darin), Best Supporting Actor (Camara) and Best Screenplay
WINNER – 2016 GAUDI AWARDS
Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Darin), Best Supporting Actor (Camara), Best Supporting Actress (Fonzi), Best Screenplay
WINNER – 2015 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Best Actor, shared (Darin, Camara)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2015 TORONTO, SAN SEBASTIAN, BFI LONDON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS
Two of the greatest talents in modern Spanish cinema – Ricardo Darin (Wild Tales) and Javier Camara (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) – take centre stage in the multi award-winning new film from Cesc Gay, the director of 2014’s A Gun In Each Hand. A bona fide audience favourite internationally, TRUMAN is a funny, heartfelt portrait of friendship, and life’s unexpected ups and downs.
When theatre actor Julián (Darín) receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás (Cámara), the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion is their first meeting in many years, triggered by Julian’s failing health. Tomas is baffled by his friend’s decision to forgo treatment and instead focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing possessions, reconciling past disputes, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved canine, Truman. It’s this task that is causing Julián the greatest concern.
Over four days, the two men walk the streets of Madrid, visiting bookshops, restaurants, veterinarians and friends, and examine their lives – their loves, successes and failures – speculating on what the future holds.
In this jewel of a film, Cámara and Darin deliver a masterclass in screen acting, convincingly depicting the ease and rapport that only a life-long connection allows. With characteristic understatement and sensitivity, Gay finds great dignity and humour in ordinary lives, delivering a witty, moving and hugely entertaining reflection on human connection, and a reminder that the best friendships are, indeed, forever.