Chronic

Director Michel Franco (2016)

In this deeply humane yet bleak drama, Tim Roth plays a home care nurse for the terminally ill.

David is trying to rebuild his life and tentatively reaching out to his adult daughter after some time away.

He becomes too close to his patients but isn’t guilty of the crime of which he’s accused.

The film suggests possessing too much empathy is a trait which is not only undervalued by society, but one destined to be punished.

Filmed with an unflinchingly clear eye, a sober sensitivity and a largely static camera, it’s an intelligent and sensitive call for compassion and support for the lonely and infirm.