REVIEW: Had this been an original plot, this heartening British-Hungarian comedy-drama might have been worth an illustrious five stars, yes, almost up there in The Revenant stratosphere.
For devotees of Cinema Gold who can cope with clever, hilarious dialogue and old folksy foibles, it is a must-see.
The Carer bears much resemblance to the magnifique French film, The Intouchables, from 2011. In both, a new caregiver is taken on to tend to a crotchety, irascible old guy and his personal functions.
In The Carer, a once-great stage actor Sir Michael (played by Scottish actor Brian Cox) is not always wheelchair bound, but he is suffering from Parkinson's disease, is foul-mouthed and none of the caregivers have lasted the distance.
Enter Hungarian Dorottya (newcomer Coco Konig), as his latest carer, a young girl from Budapest with acting ambitions who must somehow quell the outbursts and incontinence of the cranky old knight.
The film was directed by Hungarian Janos Edelenyi who was himself a refugee when his country was behind the Iron Curtain. Konig obviously got into England before Brexit.
Many critics have given Cox's acting all the credit for the excellence of the film, but for me Konig with her endearing continental accent deserves equal credit. She must cleverly fend off rages and volleys of eff bombs from Sir Michael in the rooms of his English estate.
It is all about crossing the generations and helping that for both is their love of Shakespeare.
Drama takes over from the funny stuff when Sir Michael's control-freak of a daughter (Emilia Fox) and his former lover-cum-housekeeper, Milly (Anna Chancellor) poke their British noses in.
There was room for even more drama in the closing scenes, but we got the message. The Carer and its script are of such quality a second viewing would be just as rib-tickling.
July 22, 2016, Stony Brook, NY-- Scottish actor, Olivier and Emmy Award star of The Carer, Brian Cox, was presented with the Stony Brook Film Festival Career Achievement Award for his work in over 200 films and television programs and even more stage productions in the UK, the U.S. and around the world. In The Carer, Brian Cox soars in his role as an aging lion of the theater who has isolated himself and bullied his care givers. Director János Edelényi was presented with the coveted Opening Night trophy as The Carer was selected from over 2,000 entries to open the 21st Annual Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union. The screening on Thursday evening, July 21 had 800 film festival patrons attending.
You can watch the Q&A with Brian and János here.
EXCLUSIVE: Edinburgh-based Cinefile has taken UK and Irish rights to Brian Cox-starring The Carer from sales company Yellow Affair.
Hungary’s János Edelényi directs the story of a retired Shakesperean actor (Brian Cox) who hires a Hungarian carer (Coco König) with her own dreams of stardom.
The film, which premiered at Palm Springs and played last week at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, will have its London premiere on Aug 5 at the Regent Street Cinema in the presence of co-stars Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor, Edelényi and König with Cox appearing via Skype from New York.
The film’s UK cinema run will include bookings at Manchester Home, Edinburgh Filmhouse and Glasgow Film Theatre.
“We’re convinced that the subject and Cox’s presence in an impressive cast will prove attractive to audiences. And the so-called silver screen patrons are an increasingly important part of the fabric of cinema-going although the film crosses generations,” said Ilona Morison, Cinéfile’s head of acquistions.