Light of My Life

A sentimental tribute to all Fathers! - 7/10

by Francesco Bakhos - 365 Movies Lebanon

Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world's population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.

No need to sugar-coat things, this film is excruciatingly slow. But, if you have will power and a little bit of patience, it can teach you a thing or two about what's important in life.

If you're expecting a post-apocalyptic and an actionpacked kind of movies, then you're in for a huge letdown. For approximately half of its runtime, nothing exciting or mildly entertaining happened.

But Light Of My Life's story is absolutely one of a kind. At the surface, its about surviving, about moving on from past traumas. But at heart, it's a celebration of a bond shared between a daughter and her father. A bond that literally transcends all barriers and obstacles. Just give it time and you'll eventually notice that the story is way more complex and multilayered than you can ever imagine. You need to think. Hard. You need to focus on each and every detail. You need to analyze every move, every scene and every angle to, at least, try and understand the main purpose. To understand the main message this film tries so hard (desperately) to deliver.

This film also managed to explore, in its already heavy story, numerous themes such as religion, ethics, morality, psychological consequences post-trauma, love, family,....

The characters were cleverly written. Both leads had complex characteristics that made Them stand out. Each of them also narrated a unique story. A story within the film's main story.

Casey Affleck is a genius (I'll leave it at that). And Anna Pniowsky is a promising new actress that im sure has a bright future ahead of her!!

But what's makes this movie really interesting, is the dreadful feeling that dominated the screen from start to finish. With nothing really happening, this feeling only seems to emplify rather than decreasing.

Light Of My Life is a slow-paced, dull and sometimes too simple movie that has the power to make you understand the value of what's really important in life : FAMILY.

P.S : Casey Affleck explaining how babies are made and how puberty works is probably one of the most awkward things you can witness in a movie (just kidding. Or am I?)

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