Sometimes Always Never

2019

Comedy / Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.0

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1.74G
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English
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91 min
P/S 405 / 625

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Reviewed by CineMuseFilms 8

A single delicious narrative conceit drives the delightful Sometimes. Always. Never. (2018). It takes its own sweet time getting there, but when it does, it hits home: you can be an expert in words and their rules but be incapable of meaningful expression. Add a Scrabble obsession, mix it with deep grief and guilt, and you have a portrait of a family desperately unable to communicate with each other.<br/><br/>The simplicity of the plotline stands in stark contrast to the complexity of its themes. Dapper rule-bound tailor Alan (Bill Nighy) is told that the body of his long-missing son Michael may have been found. He takes his younger estranged son Peter (Sam Riley) with him to identify the body, and at the morgue they meet other parents who are there for the same reason. It&#39;s a diversion that does little to advance the narrative, but it does provide comic respite from the pain of loss. Both relieved and disappointed with the outcome, Alan invites himself to stay with Peter and his family in the hope of reconciliation.<br/><br/>With a threadbare plot, the power of this film comes from its theatrical settings, intelligent banter, and Nighy&#39;s trademark whimsical mannerisms and stylised performance. The label &#39;fantasy drama&#39; has been applied to this film but is mis-leading and manifestly inadequate. If there is an element of fantasy, it derives from the way many scenes are played out against backgrounds that are have a surreal, even an absurdist two-dimensional feel that resembles a theatre set. Like all absurdism, there is an artful space between the underlying emotional intensity and the futility of ever trying to understand it. The gravelly Nighy is a master of under-statement, with a unique talent for giving shallow dialogue depth and humour. It&#39;s all about contrasts: Alan&#39;s obsession with a missing son and neglect of the son he still has; his fastidious Dymo labelling of everything as a substitute for control in his world; and his ability to make light of the heaviest emotions.<br/><br/>If you are not a Nighy fan or prefer action-based stories, you may find little to appreciate in this film. In place of a forward-moving narrative it offers a portrait of a dysfunctional family torn apart over guilt and the inability to emotionally connect. The film&#39;s title is itself a parody of form over function, referring to the tailor&#39;s rule for how jacket buttons should be fastened: the top always, the middle sometimes, the bottom never. With no substantive relationship to the film&#39;s content, it&#39;s a rule as good as any on how to live one&#39;s life.

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Reviewed by Pjtaylor-96-138044 6

&#39;Sometimes Always Never (2019)&#39; is a bit of an oddity, I suppose, because of its combination of mundanity and quirkiness. It tells a grounded - though, ever-so-slightly absurdist - story with a real emotional weight to it, often with genuine subtlety but more frequently with a strange sort of passivity, and tends to toe the line between comedy and drama to the point that a distinction between the two isn&#39;t really worth making. It&#39;s not like it&#39;s particularly unfocused or haphazard, however, as it certainly feels calculated. Yet, even in its almost articulated unwillingness to conform to convention, there&#39;s a sort of intangible sense that it doesn&#39;t quite know how odd it is. It&#39;s exactly what it wants, and needs, to be. As you can tell, it&#39;s a fairly difficult experience to categorise. All in all, though, it&#39;s an enjoyable one. It has a compelling central theme and a nice set of main characters, even if the former isn&#39;t fleshed out as much as you&#39;d like thanks to a somewhat baggy mid-section. The tone of the thing also fluctuates a little. Usually, it balances the serious with the silly, making sure that both do a decent job of developing character, but there are some moments that make you wish the movie would make its mind up as to whether or not its world is actually &#39;heightened&#39; (which could be pushed further, if that is the case). It sometimes sounds overly &#39;written&#39;, too; this isn&#39;t necessarily a bad thing, but the sequences where you actually notice the writing pale in comparison to the ones where you don&#39;t. I&#39;ll also say that, while its well directed overall, there are some visual stylistic choices that I don&#39;t think paid off. Of course, these issues don&#39;t prevent the flick from being generally entertaining. It&#39;s somewhat endearing, with great performances and (from what came through in the final result) a good screenplay. It&#39;s not perfect, or indeed overly satisfying, and its odd tone - or general &#39;status&#39;, I guess - does make it a bit difficult to get a handle on. Still, it&#39;s a good effort that nicely tells a personal, rather unique story. 6/10

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Reviewed by Phil_M_A_Kerr 10

Quaint, quiet, quirky - call it what you will. It wore its heart on its sleeve and didn&#39;t pretend to be anything more than it was;- a personal tale about family and the effect of loss on those who remain.Even without all the crash, boom, bang of a tentpole blockbuster, a movie can still pack a punch. Moreso if it delves into the metaphysical.Bill Nighy is in top form but so are the supporting cast in less bombastic but crucial ... supporting roles.Alexei Sayles is surreal!Heaps of effort has gone into making the visuals of each &#39;simple&#39; scene pop off the screen.You appreciate so much more of these modest films when you see them on the big screen. Do yourselves a favour. I laughed quite a bit too.

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