God’s Creatures

Hello, My Movievaures! I hope you had an amazing week. I spent mine in Boston for training and it gave me the opportunity to watch loads of content during my different flights. One movie that truly stood out was God’s Creatures, a 2022 movie I completely missed and I’m glad I had the chance to discover. But you know the drill, let’s get to the non-spoilers part:

After a tragic event, a mother will be torn apart between protecting her beloved son who is just back home, and doing what is morally right. Set in an Irish fishing village, it also gives insight into the struggles of this sector and yet the closeness of the community working together to survive.

I watched this movie on my way to Boston and I’m still thinking about it today. It stands out, not only because of the incredible performances delivered by the actors, mainly Paul Mescal and Emily Watson. But also because it highlights how thing the frontier between right and wrong is, and how protecting those you love might not always be the moral path.

The evolution of the mother & son relationship is greatly depicted, starting from the point of admiration, and even worship to a place of resentment and disgust. This unfolds as Aileen cannot lie to herself anymore, about the true nature of her son and the dysfunctions of her family caused by this same unhealthy relationship.

This crime, which is never really solved but the movie never questions what the spectator might believe to be true, will not only destroy this family but almost does the same to the small community of the village. They almost work as a big family, even an ecosystem and so when one part is getting rotten, everyone gets impacted by it.

In short, even though this is not a recent movie, I completely recommend giving it a try if you haven’t watched it. God’s Creatures is a perfect depiction of the complexity of human interactions and how we never truly know what everyone is capable of doing. It is also a great description of the struggle of small communities and how important mutual help is for them. Finally, it is one of the best movies about the intricacy of mother-son dysfunctional relationships. This is all for today My Movievaures! Let me know in the comments below your thoughts and questions on the movie. I’ll see you next week for more, but in the meantime, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

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