Truman

108 minutes 2015

Truman is a slobbering mastiff owned by an earnest movie star with terminal cancer (Ricardo Darín of The Secret in Their Eyes), and parting with the dog is one of the tasks the man must complete now that he's decided to discontinue his treatment and die with dignity. You're probably gagging already, but this Spanish-Argentine drama (2015), set in Madrid and framed by a four-day visit from the actor's witty old friend (Javier Cámara), is pitch-perfect, its comic drollery rooted in character and its awkward, poignant good-byes credibly staged. Director Cesc Gay, who cowrote the screenplay with Tomàs Aragay, understands what each of his characters needs from those good-byes and takes careful note of the pas de deux we all perform out of respect when someone is not long for this world. In Spanish with subtitles.

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