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SECOND SPRING Directed by Andy Kelleher Starring: Indra Ove, Jerry Killick, Cathy Naden, Simeon Willis A British drama that follows the life of Kathy (Cathy Naden) as she is diagnosed with a rare mental illness. Early on in the film Kathy becomes estranged from her husband Tim (Matthew Jure)and begins acting erratically, and leaves her marriage for a man she barely knows. Kathy begins exhibiting extremely poop impulse and most notably, struggles with feeling any empathy. Then she meets Nick (Jerry Killick) Nick seems wild and free and is the change that Kathy needs. He takes her to his childhood home, around the marshes in North Kent. It’s here that she is able to reconnect with herself and find hope. There is some risk in showing Kathy’s illness in this way. However, the progression of Kathy’s poor decision making from the point of diagnosis was quite rapid. Though the storyline is realistic, but not perhaps a happy story an audience wants to see. It is also irritating and undoubtedly unfeasible that Kathy’s estranged husband Tim isn’t doing anything in his power to help her. Why did he allow her to make poor choices knowing it wasn’t completely her? Why did he seem indifferent when she blacked out after spending a night in a park with a stranger? The film itself is quite beautiful and plaudits much be given to DP Jonas Mortenson who shot the film on Fujifilm. The difference from shooting on digital was instantly noticeable. It gave the film a soft contrast and a realistic feel that we do not see anymore in modern cinema. In terms of pacing, at times the film plodded along. More dialogue would have helped. On the plus side…Cathy Naden played Kathy with vulnerability and subtlety. The subject of mental illness is a difficult one to portray on the screen…and would suggest revisiting the film “The Snake Pit”, which starred Olivia de Havilland as Virginia Cunningham, as a mental patient. Memorable is how the film shows the terror that Virginia’s illness makes her suffer. Olivia de Havilland was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. “Second Spring” is quite a mellow film compared to “Snake Pit”, but nevertheless is worth seeing.

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A Magazine for Discerning Cinemagoers and Filmmakers. In this Issue: Reviews - News of the World. Dear Comrades. Second Spring. Other Articl...

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A Magazine for Discerning Cinemagoers and Filmmakers. In this Issue: Reviews - News of the World. Dear Comrades. Second Spring. Other Articl...

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