Michel Franco’s camera intrudes, cold and clinical, on scenes of intense pain and suffering, in and out of which the stellar Tim Roth glides like a phantom. His role as a palliative care nurse is built on endless layers of intrigue, as a delicate professionalism hides what may or may not be a more sinister personality.
It’s a fascinating study of different attitudes to mortality, which makes the bafflingly misjudged final moments all the more disappointing.
Had it ended just a few minutes earlier, Chronic would be a knockout. As it is, it’s a difficult watch worth enduring for one of Roth’s best performances to date.
CAST: Tim Roth, Robin Bartlett, Michael Cristofer, Sarah Sutherland, Bitsie Tulloch
DIRECTOR: Michel Franco
WRITER: Michel Franco
SYNOPSIS: A home care nurse (Roth) works with terminally ill patients.