Two of us (Deux)

Drama,  1h 39min

A heartbreaking tale of the lengths you are willing to go to for the one you love.

 

“Beautifully cinematic and emotion invoking”

Two of Us is Director Filippo Meneghetti’s debut feature movie based partly on his own experience of two widows that lived across the hall from one another and left both doors open. The film follows Nina (Barbura Sukowa) and Madeline (Martine Chevallier), two retired ladies who have been secretly in love for decades whilst Madeline has been married, had children, and is now widowed. It follows how they deal with family pressure and health issues whilst trying to keep the relationship a secret. The movie uses beautiful cinematic techniques from the shot use down to audio choices to make the audience feel engrossed in the characters’ feelings and emotions. Showing deep cinematic genius!

The film opens with two young girls playing hide and seek when one of them loses their voice, this is one of Meneghetti’s multiple ways of not only foreshadowing later events but having a narrative on how silenced and unheard our community feels at times. In a Q&A session involving Meneghetti, Sukowa and actress Julianne Moore, Meneghetti talks of how he used metaphors to evoke feelings for the audience and boy did he make me feel. My heart was racing, hands were over mouths and some strong words were shouted at my screen. His use of doors, windows and long shots helping create tension as well as preserve this idea of secrecy and privacy.

I could talk about Sukowa and Chevallier’s acting for the next 10 years; they were amazing! The way they showed emotion and developed the plot, without in parts even talking, was artwork. Chevallier’s distant looks to help portray a woman recovering from stroke was incredible. Sukowa’s anger and almost lust in wanting to be back with the one she loved had me so invested that it somehow justified some questionable behaviour.

This movie really showed the pressures on mature relationships. As Juilanne Moore put it so perfectly in the Q&A session, this relationship has body and history as opposed to most romances  in film/tv that are new or building.  Also in contrast to younger secretive couples, they aren’t in secret because of parental or peer disapproval but rather for their children or own fears from previous condemnation. Madeline, having had children and been previously married finds it difficult in coming out to her family about her relationship with Nina. This being especially further exacerbated by her son Fredrick who believes she was happy about his father’s death, even accusing her of cheating on him. This all becomes more of a problem as Madeline suffers a stroke causing her to be non-verbal. I won’t spoil the rest because honestly I think you should watch it yourself but we witness the struggles of keeping a relationship secret when there are more barriers keeping you apart than ever before.

Two movies that I’d recommend that are similar to this one are Window to the sea (2019) and Summertime (2015).

This article was written by:

Molly

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