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May December

(MA15+)

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Overview

Darkly funny and ripped from the headlines, May December is a provocative satire of media consumption and performance from Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Carol), starring Natalie Portman and Haynes' muse Julianne Moore. Twenty years ago Gracie (Moore) was the infamous subject of a tabloid frenzy around her relationship with then-underage Joe (Charles Melton). Now married with children, their complicated past is being stirred to the surface by Elizabeth (Portman), an ambitious actor playing Gracie in an upcoming TV movie about the couple who is determined to get to the "truth" of them. As Elizabeth works her way into the family dynamic old tensions and trauma are brought into the present day, threatening to destroy their fragile sense of normality.

Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Oscars 2023

“Disturbing and fascinatingly-layered.”

The Telegraph UK

“Not just a skilful satire of suburban propriety; it’s a unique and uncanny affair about the nature of performance itself.”

Empire

“A beautiful, terrible nesting doll of a story with a uniquely twisted core.”

The Atlantic

Why You Should See This Film

Is it melodrama? Is it comedy? Is it camp? The truth of May December lies in the eye of the beholder as Haynes turns a mirror on our obsession with "true crime" and sensationalist media, asking what happens to the real people at its core after the world has moved on. Portman and Moore are mesmerising as two women locked in a feedback loop of performance and artifice, and newcomer Charles Melton is a revelation as the vulnerable young man still unable to fully accept what has happened to his life. A dangerously glinting little jewel of a film, and one that will linger.

Year:
2024
Rating:
MA15+
Director:
Todd Haynes
Cast:
Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Charles Melton
Duration:
117 minutes
Language:
English

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