‘Flora and Son’ (2023) | Movie on Apple TV+. Review: A film that engages us with all its imperfections and its simplicity

Flora and Son‘ is a comedy drama directed by John Carney, and starring Eve Hewson, Jack Reynor, Orén Kinlan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

“Flora and Son” is an enjoyable comedy about parents and children that has a unique twist: the main characters are not as charming as one might expect. The child steals, the mother goes out partying, and the father is a failed musician.

Together, they try to find their place in the world through music.

Flora and Son
Flora and Son

Synopsis

Flora, a single mother residing in Dublin, is currently facing challenges with her estranged son Max, a defiant teenager engaged in petty theft. Upon the Gardaí’s recommendation to find Max a hobby, Flora decides to salvage an abandoned guitar from a discarded pile. With the assistance of an online guitar instructor based in Los Angeles, Flora realizes that what may be considered worthless by one individual can serve as a lifeline for another.

Review of “Flora and Son”

An Apple TV+ film where everything is about the performances. Beyond the aesthetics, social representation, and setting, the story permeates everything, and its characters are everything, even more so than the presence of its director, John Carney, who prefers to stay in the background and let his characters speak (almost like Wes Anderson).

The film focuses on the difficult relationship between a challenging mother, a challenging son, and an unsupportive father in a not-so-easy environment. All the kids want to be Trap singers, and all the mothers struggle to escape a past that holds them back. On the screen, there’s also a failed musician played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, representing the world beyond Dublin, in sunny California where everything is happiness. Or maybe not so, we’ll have to discover it on our journey.

“Flora and Son” is a journey of understanding between mother and son, a journey of maturity and acceptance of limitations. A story of learning to live, perhaps.

In a film expected to stand out for its performances, it is precisely that: Eve Hewson portraying a woman who, without seeking luck, seeks it at thirty years old; Orén Kinlan seizing the opportunity to shine as a protagonist; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, always reliable in his versatility.

Flora and Son
Flora and Son

Our Opinion

Delightful, a film to immerse oneself in the characters and let them engage us with all their imperfections within their simplicity.

The Cast

Eve Hewson

Eve Hewson
Eve Hewson

Eve Hewson, born Memphis Eve Sunny Day Iris Hewson on July 7, 1991, is an Irish actress who has been making waves in the film industry with her remarkable talent and captivating performances. The daughter of renowned musician Bono and activist Ali Hewson, Eve Hewson has carved out her own path in the entertainment world, gaining recognition for her roles in both movies and television series. This article will provide an in-depth look into Eve Hewson’s early life, career, and notable works, showcasing her journey to becoming a rising star in Irish cinema. Read more

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an American actor, filmmaker and musician known for his roles in numerous popular films. He made his acting debut as a child in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001) and rose to fame as an adult in movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Lookout (2007), 500 Days of Summer (2009) and Inception (2010). He also starred in 50/50 (2011) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Read more

Orén Kinlan
Orén Kinlan
Jack Reynor
Jack Reynor

Marcella Plunkett
Paul Reid
Don Wycherley
Amy Huberman

Flora and Son

Flora and Son

Movie title: Flora and son

Movie description: Single mom Flora is at a loss about what to do with her rebellious teenage son, Max. Her efforts to keep him out of trouble lead to a beat-up acoustic guitar, a washed-up LA musician, and harmony for this frayed Dublin family.

Date published: September 29, 2023

Country: Ireland

Duration: 97 min

Director(s): John Carney

Writer(s): John Carney

Cinematography: John Conroy

Music: Gary Clark, John Carney

Actor(s): Eve Hewson, Jack Reynor, Orén Kinlan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Companies: FilmNation Entertainment, Fifth Season, Screen Ireland, Likely Story, Distressed Films, Treasure Entertainment

Our Opinion

Delightful, a film to immerse oneself in the characters and let them engage us with all their imperfections within their simplicity.

Overall

3
Molly Se-kyung
Molly Se-kyung
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