Flora And Son: Review. By Richard Schertzer.
If you put a struggling single mother with a troubled son and charming guitarist you would probably have something like Flora and Son. The film tells the tale of Flora, who is played incredibly by Eve Hewson, and her belligerent son Max, who consistently breaks the law, becoming a juvenile delinquent.
Flora becomes despondent that her life has not gone the way she had hoped and gets inspired when she sees singing competitions on television. She finds a guitar in the trash, has it refurbished and attempts to give it to her son as a hobby, but he rejects the idea and takes the instrument on herself, where she takes lessons online with a charming guitar teacher, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The film seems slightly predictable in its execution but it still has a charm and geniality that endures through the runtime. The film doesn’t seem to pride itself on being bombastic or overbearing and is happy to play itself while having some enduring characters in the mix.
Looking at Flora’s plight as a single mother seems incredibly emotional and relatable even if it isn’t the most provocative iteration of the archetype of character that has been shown on the silver screen.
The film does seem to retread into some familiar territory as the arch of a single mother with an angsty kid and a slightly detached father comes into play a lot making the script a predictable venture into cinema. Nevertheless, it still redeems itself with a light-hearted tone and a quippy screenplay.
All in all, the film has a wonderfully joyful tone and light demeanor that seems to shine in all aspects of its tenure on screen.
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