Speaking the truth no matter how difficult, rather than simply telling a loved one what they want to hear, is one of numerous life lessons at the very heart of A Monster Calls, an utterly heart-breaking return from J. A. Bayona, director of The Orphanage and The Impossible. Foremost in its intentions, perhaps, is learning how to be truthful to oneself. Over the tumultuous, fantastical and crushingly realist course of this tale of good, bad, and all that is both and in between, Conor (Lewis MacDougall) has to come to terms with the fact that his mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill with cancer.
A Monster Calls is playing at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival ahead of a release early in 2017 – don’t wait until then to see it! The full CineVue review may be read here.