The Etruscan Smile | Chicago Reader

The Etruscan Smile

Based on José Luis Sampedro's best-selling novel, The Etruscan Smile is the heart-wrenching directorial debut of Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun. The film follows Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) as he moves from the Scottish Hebrides to San Francisco to live with his estranged son and seek medical treatment for a terminal illness. During his stay, despite his declining condition, he finds new life through a bond with his infant grandson. This bond, in turn, helps repair old familial wounds between him and his son. It's a quiet film, full of pain, love, life, and death that highlights generational divides. Brezis and Binnun offer little camera movement, making for simple shots that show the characters' emotional complexity. In English and Scottish Gaelic.

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