The Roads Not Taken

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  • R
  • 2018
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 5.2  (2,855)
  • 42

The Roads Not Taken is a drama film from 2020 directed by Sally Potter. The film is based on a day in the life of a man named Leo, played by Javier Bardem, who is struggling with dementia. The movie explores the impact that Leo's illness has on his relationships, particularly with his daughter Molly, played by Elle Fanning. The film is set in New York City and follows Leo as he takes a series of disjointed trips, both real and imagined. Throughout the movie, Leo's memories and fantasies blend with his present reality, creating a complex and emotionally charged narrative.

In one of Leo's imagined trips, he is transported to a small Greek island where he recalls a past love affair with a woman named Dolores, played by Salma Hayek. As Leo relives this past relationship, he slowly becomes aware of the painful consequences of his actions and the toll they have taken on his own life.

Throughout the film, Sally Potter skillfully interweaves Leo's many memories and internal struggles with his present-day experiences. While Leo may be suffering from dementia, his emotional and psychological turmoil is incredibly relatable to anyone who has experienced loss or regret in their own lives.

One of the most interesting aspects of The Roads Not Taken is the way in which it explores the idea of alternate realities. The title itself is a nod to the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken," which reflects on the choices we make and the paths we take. Leo's various imagined trips illustrate the different paths he could have taken, had he made different choices in his life.

While The Roads Not Taken is undoubtedly a heavy movie, it is not without moments of levity and warmth. Elle Fanning gives a standout performance as Molly, Leo's caring but frustrated daughter. Molly's relationship with her father is complex and emotionally charged, but it is also clear that there is a deep love and connection between them.

Overall, The Roads Not Taken is a moving and complex exploration of memory, regret, and the many paths that our lives can take. The film's nonlinear narrative and surreal dream sequences may not be for everyone, but those who appreciate thoughtful, character-driven dramas will find much to admire here.

The Roads Not Taken is a 2018 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2 and a MetaScore of 42.

The Roads Not Taken
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