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Light of My Life (2019)

R | | Drama | 9 August 2019 (USA)
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Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world's population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.

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Casey Affleck

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Casey Affleck
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Cast overview:
Anna Pniowsky ... Rag
Casey Affleck ... Dad
Tom Bower ... Tom
Elisabeth Moss ... Mom
Hrothgar Mathews ... Calvin
Timothy Webber ... Lemmy
Thelonius Serrell-Freed ... Young Man (as Monk Serrell Freed)
Jesse James Pierce ... Snow House Attacker #1 (as Jesse Pierce)
Tommy Clarke ... Snow House Attacker #2
Lloyd Cunningham ... Snow House Attacker #3
Kory Grim ... Tall Woods Man #1
Michael Ching Michael Ching ... Woods Man #2
Dee Jay Jackson ... Counter Man (as Deejay Jackson)
Patrick Keating ... Bearded Man at Camp
Sydnee Parker Anderson Sydnee Parker Anderson ... Toddler Rag
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Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world's population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.

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9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Light of My Life See more »

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I am sorry I couldn't see anything past Affleck's jarring performance, actually I don't regret it.
16 August 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Light Of My Life

Affleck's sincerity is a dangerous animal. I fear it. He shakes you and rattles your most delicate source of emotional history. Or maybe it is the emotional history that I carry and hence easily find myself in his shoes. Ergo I find this story inspirationally and creatively beautiful. In fact, there have been such films in recent years like The Road, Captain Fantastic and Leave No Trace. But none of them worked for me like this eccentrically standard film did. It is shot with familiar steady camera work. Cassey Affleck, the writer, director and actor, was aware of how and where things should go.

And it is not just a reminder of how good his execution is, it is also that as an artist, he isn't leaning towards any particular aspect, his generality seems like a generosity towards his work. And if his monologues or manifesto or speech or call it whatever cuts through all the fear then it is his final voice breaking spell, is what tears me down. So strong and so proud he marches on, in the entire film and so humbling his fall is in front of his daughter.

These metaphors of being a parent, political correctness and the madness of wildlife carries heavy themes. Compared to the previous films mentions, the reason why this one last a longer impact on us, is for it goes all in when it comes to reveal its true nature. The film isn't afraid on wandering in a cringe worthy zone, it is meticulously on mark to what it has to say. Just watch Affleck have the "birds and bees" talk with an unapologetic honest tone. Elizabeth Miss flashes in front of her eyes repeatedly whipping him whenever he trails off, when his vision goes blur from the Light Of My Life.


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