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Mexico, France, 2015, 92 mins. Dir. Michel Franco
A subtle, detached but very powerful drama, starring Oscar nominee Tim Roth as David, a full-time hospice nurse who cares for the terminally ill. Conscientious and compassionate, he’s excellent at his job: providing comfort while shouldering the immense, unspoken emotional burden of patients who are nearing the end of their lives.
But increasingly his dedication seems almost unhealthy, a product not only of empathy but of difficulties in his own personal and emotional life.As the weight becomes unbearable, David must face his past in order to heal.
Winner of the 2015 Cannes Best Screenplay award, Chronic is an enigmatic and deeply moving character study from Mexican auteur Michel Franco (After Lucia). Poignant and reflective, but also unsentimental and challenging in its intriguing moral dimensions, it features a career-best performance from Roth as a man at the end of his emotional tether.
‘Tim Roth gives possibly the performance of his career’
‘Subtle, compassionate and unsettling’
‘Roth’s finest performance in many years’
THE IRISH TIMES