Home Cannes Film Festival 2015 Chronic is Chronic! Tim Roth Nurses His Role Brilliantly

Chronic is Chronic! Tim Roth Nurses His Role Brilliantly


Eish! Chronic is chronic! Like the heading here. There’s no other word to describe it.

 Film Still

Of course it’s meant in two ways. Chronic illnesses. And chronic, the concept. The film is by Michel Franco and stars Tim Roth who is brilliant.

Roth – who stars in TV series Lie To Me – and who I’ve interviewed before in London (he loves Birkenstocks and was buying a thousand pairs) – plays a male nurse who tends to┬áterminally ill patients. Patients whose own families seldom visit them or call. Seldom can look at them or touch. The horror of witnessing their loved one dying too much to bear. Or the burden of having to look after them, too much hassle. Either way the dying are alone…and Roth is patient and caring. Perhaps too caring?

 Film Still

The film is fantastic – we’re never certain whether certain crimes have been committed or whether they are misunderstandings…as if we really were there. So our own judgment is called into the film.

Some of the scenes – washing a dying woman for instance – are just a little terminally long!

But other than that the movie asks genuine questions about who we are as a society, as a family member, as a friend. And what lines can and cannot be crossed.

And it wraps up in a most unexpected way. A different message altogether. But a strong one nonetheless.


Previous article Goosebumps from Zambian Documentary Chronicling Team’s Comeback
Next article The Little Prince Fails to Fly
Jenni is the co-founder and chief editor of SAPeople.com, co-author of The Expat Confessions and co-parent of three gorgeous daughters. After graduating, she worked as a TV producer, political researcher and journalist in South Africa, before moving to London to interview movie stars for international magazines and to tackle British teen angst for London Weekend Television. She has also lived in Australia, and currently lives in France. Jenni is happiest paddle boarding on the Med or sipping rooibos in the bush in Africa. Contact jen@sapeople.com