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directed by Andy Serkis
An inspiring true story of love, courage, and determination in the face of harrowing fortunes, the directorial debut of British actor Andy Serkis stars Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish, the activist and innovator who helped make the world a more navigable place for the disabled. Robin and Diana (The Crown's Claire Foy) fall madly in love, marry, and honeymoon in Kenya, a journey that also provides Robin with an opportunity to tend to his tea brokerage. Jubilation and tragedy arrive in dizzying succession: the couple discovers Diana is pregnant just as Robin, aged 28, is stricken with rapid-onset polio, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a respirator. Robin is hurled into despair, feeling that his life is effectively over — yet his real adventure has only just begun. Bucking authority by choosing to stay at home and risk death rather than remain confined to a hospital, Robin and Diana undertake a mission to de-marginalize the disabled, campaigning for disability rights and developing transformative technologies, such as respirator wheelchairs and hydraulic lifts. Witty, big-hearted, and wildly expressive, Garfield gives a tremendously moving performance that is anchored by Foy's rich naturalism, while Serkis — celebrated for his astounding work as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the acclaimed Planet of the Apes reboot — ensures that this story of physical limitations feels fully embodied, alive, and sensuous. Preceded by Orcas Island Shorts: It Takes An Island, Rigged, Falling into Place (45 minutes).
Run time: 117 min.
| United Kingdom
Directed By: Andy Serkis
Written By: William Nicholson
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander and Hugh Bonneville
Distributed By: Bleecker Street