Parents' Guide to

Together

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Strong language, emotional themes in British lockdown drama.

Movie R 2021 91 minutes
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The portrait of a seemingly doomed relationship under the shadow of COVID-19, this British drama tackles heavy-going themes with eloquence and empathy. Capturing the fear and confusion, and the daily adjustments we all had to make, Together squeezes out every significant moment of the pandemic into one expertly acted performance. And all while exploring the dynamic between a discontented couple forced together during lockdown.

Filmed in just 10 days, it has the feel of a stage play. Right from the off, the actors break the fourth wall, talking directly to the camera. This technique can sometimes seem awkward or unnatural, but not here. You almost immediately feel like a third person in the room with them, their friend, someone they're confiding in -- which makes the drama all the more intense. The spiteful arguments are punctuated by moments of tenderness, unity, even humor, and while the characters are certainly flawed they are also relatable. Amid the stark, at times devastating, realities of the effects of the pandemic, this is ultimately a story about the power of love, and about understanding that sometimes coming together is the only way to survive.

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