Sally Hawkins recently stated for an article with The Times that she's yet to see a movie or read an article she's participated in. It stunned me that this timid, somewhat reserved, actress of Academy winning 'Shape of Water' hadn't been able to share her talents with her own eyes. 'Eternal Beauty' is the 2020 release about Jane, a caring schizophrenia, who struggles with the battling perceptions of her family in 1960's Britain after developing a mental illness from PTSD. Bridging comedy with mental health, the trailer conveys a touching rendition about loneliness upon this silenced topic.
From beginning to end, the colours of the movie is visually superb with matching greens, yellows and pinks between tables, chairs and driveways. It's a wonderful vision of 1960's England, with pay phones, long rows of estate houses, and Ford zodiac's to flutter you back in time. The disjointed narrative was cleverly played out; whilst you're lead on by the director in confusion; not grasping the leading protagonist or how she developed her disorder.
Without the ironic satire in the script, it would have been an overly depressive 1 hour and 25 minutes of your life. There are moments of belly chuckles from the abruptly outspoken female when she addresses the 'not-so-normal' society around her of cheating husbands and gold digger wives. It becomes a concerning message for the viewer, as you're pigeoned into Jane's emotions in her lonely bedroom scenes, expressing the shame that older generations placed onto this benign persona.
The films camera movements are mesmerising, zooming in on medical pills whilst spinning through plaster walls, leaving you crazed in the reality of her mind. The whole families dynamic, from Penelope Wilton as the immoral mother to Billie Piper's playful younger sibling, gave it an emotional closing for the well connected family.
David Thewlis is an incredibly talented actor, one who has played some strange characters through his career. Even though he again fits within the outlandishness of the story, the path which he portrays Jane's love interest came across misleading for the film. The general relationship between the two characters was heartwarming, something the movie needed to round off the enjoyment, but the ending at which they departed was much too hasty to gasp.
Known as the decade for major socioeconomic change, it's no wonder Britain pushed Mental Health disorders under the carpet to make way for 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Pacman' during the '80s. The film comically portrays British middle class households, scared to face the underlying reality about their complex brains. The acting from Sally is award winning for the role as the childlike figure, but don't be fooled by the humour reaped with the ads, as it's a dark tale that leaves you heavy-hearted with pain.