To live happily, live hidden – This is the motto of Nina and Madeleine, two retired women who have always loved each other secretly. Being neighbors, they manage to live almost together while saving appearances. Unfortunately, a tragic event shakes up their plans to start living together.
Two of Us (Deux in French) first feature film by Filippo Meneghetti tackles several subjects at the same time: the homosexuality of previous generations, the place of the elderly in our society, their freedom or their free will, the life of a couple/family with regard to personal development, parent-child relationships, the gaze of others, appearances …
The film explores many subjects and does not really provide an answer apart from that of Love. Love as a vector of resilience and perseverance, Love as a source of energy towards healing, maternal Love, unconditional Love as a source of sacrifice, filial Love which is sometimes ungrateful.
The two main actresses (Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier) bring so much to the movie as well as the performance of Léa Drucker in the supporting role. The subtleness and the strength that emanate from the actresses make Two of Us an intense film, with a bit of tension generated by the to-and-fros between the two apartments.
The unusual angle through which the subject of homosexuality is approached makes it a singular, powerful film with a poetic look on this story, which is probably more ordinary than one thinks.
Two of Us is one of the films pre-selected to represent France at the 2021 Academy Awards … Will it be among the nominees in the competition? We will know on March 13th, pending the ceremony on April 5, 2021.
Streaming in several cinemas across SF Bay Area and on platforms, Two of Us will be released on February 5, 2021. See the trailer:
and also streaming here —— https://www.