In past years I’ve assiduously worked through the short list for the Miles Franklin, but it seems to have crept up on me this year. What was on the shortlist? Actually, I’ve read several of them without realizing it.
- The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (my review here)
- Hope Farm by Peggy Frew (well, I did borrow it to read it, but didn’t get round to it)
- Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
- Leap by Myfanwy Jones (my review here)
and the winner
- Black Rock, White City by A. S. Patrić (my review here). And I’m quietly chuffed to see that I thought ‘Miles Franklin material’ right back in August 2015, when I read it.
I’ve been learning Spanish for the last year and that was the main reason that I wanted to see this film. It’s odd- I came out of the cinema smugly happy with my ability to recognize a couple of words in each interaction, but looking at this YouTube trailer- it seems so fast!! I can’t understand a word of it! (I wonder if they slowed it down for the theatre??)
Anyway, Julian is an actor with advanced cancer who is visited by his friend Tomas on a four-day fleeting visit. It reminded me just a little of Last Cab to Darwin in its combination of gentle humour and poignancy as a man faces the task of death. Not a lot happens in the four days, but it’s a moving depiction of friendship and priorities.
Three and a half stars leaning towards four stars because I could follow the Spanish!