What is the story about?
Marie, a mother battling terminal cancer, aims to write a notebook for her toddler son Tomy, with the help of her husband Federico, even as she inches towards death.
The impossibility of escaping the impending end of life hangs heavy over the Argentinian film Notes From My Son. Based on a true story that took place in 2015, the first half of the film, however, turns this entire episode on its head. Director Carlos Sorin directs the sequences with a deft touch and wry humour in the screenplay, and it is a refreshing change from the other movies on death and euthanasia. Unfortunately, because of the limitations placed by true events, the second half of the movie descends into pointless melodrama, rendering the movie a mixed bag of emotions.
Valeria Bertuccelli is the anchor of this film, lending Marie a mix of stunning vulnerability with cheerful courage. But it is Esteban Lamothe's Federico who conveys the helplessness of his situation through his body language. The rest of the cast do a competent job.
Music & Other Departments
The score and cinematography are decent.
The exchanges between Marie and Federico feel very real and unrehearsed, and the humorous banter between them leads to some worthwhile moments.
The melodrama becomes it’s biggest stumbling block.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes, for the first half.
Do I recommend it?
It’s okay for a one-time watch.