Tim Roth turns in an understated, beautiful performance as an end–of–life caregiver in this delicate portrait of those who dedicate themselves to hospice work. Director Michel Franco returns to AFI FEST (AFTER LUCIA, AFI FEST 2012) with a gentle, smartly crafted narrative. The story follows David (Roth), a nurse who develops intense relationships with his patients. This is storytelling that does much with little dialogue; there is an intense physicality to the film, seen particularly in Roth's hulking, haunted character as he tends to the frailest patients. It is riveting and heartbreaking to watch David as he struggles to keep calm while the lives of those around him start to permanently unravel. CHRONIC embraces the human condition in openhearted and surprising ways, showing that life is at once complex and messy even as we try to find order. — Lane Kneedler
Born in 1979, Michel Franco is a Mexican filmmaker and producer, whose credits include DANIEL AND ANA and AFTER LUCIA, winner of the Prize Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2012. His latest film, CHRONIC, was nominated for Cannes' Palme d’Or in 2015 and won the festival’s Best Screenplay award.
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