With the Toronto International Film Festival and thus the premiere on our doorstep, the trailer for My Zoe has finally dropped. Interestingly, it is only there in German so far – which makes for a very strange viewing experience once Armitage turns up on screen.
I will never get used to his dubbed voice. It just doesn’t seem to be *him*. Here is the trailer. (A few explanatory words afterwards.)
The trailer establishes that Delpy and Armitage are the split-up parents of Zoe, juggling custody of their daughter after their break-up. All is hunky dory until one day Zoe doesn’t wake up in the morning. She needs emergency surgery due to a brain haemorrhage, which mother Isabelle tells ex-husband James. His voice over says that he has found out from the doctors that the brain haemorrhage happened mostly during the night. Isabelle’s mother (?) refuses to believe Zoe is gone, and urges Isabelle to “go on”. We hear from James in the next scene “Something terrible occurred to me after Zoe was born: Everything has to suit *your* needs.” Isabelle: “You mean because I wanted to go back to work a year after she was born?” “Six months!” “So what!”. Isabelle’s mother urges her to do something. James: “I thought we were meant to help each other let go of her.” Isabelle: “I will never let go of her.”
Isabelle goes to Moscow where she consults Dr Pirot (?), played by Daniel Brühl. She tells him her daughter died two days ago. He says he can’t bring back the dead. And now the trailer relies on visuals to hint at what is coming. Interspersed with microscope imagery of cell division and inserted surtitles spelling “How far – does the love of a mother – go?”, the doctor asks whether Isabelle hasn’t got any moral scruples. She says no. In conversation with the doctor’s wife (Gemma Arterton), Isabelle says that everything – her (child’s) interests, likes and dislikes – are determined by the DNA…
Soooo – that gives us a much better clue of what this film might be about. It actually sounds much less “sci-fi” to me than I thought. The trailer makes it look as if the story will be about the moral implications of cloning a dead child. As for Armitage – I actually had the impression that his role is bigger in this than I thought. Character-wise he doesn’t come across as a particularly likeable character (yet) – see the accusations above.
Implying that a woman is a bad mother for wishing to return to work soon after her child’s birth, is a big no-no for me. Sounds as if someone is still living in the 19th century. His collapse in the hospital corridor reminds me of the scene when McDuff is told that his family has been killed in Shakespeare ReTold: Macbeth. There is a lot of anger there again – Brain on Fire?
Having said that, I am intrigued enough by the trailer to want to watch the film. I am interested in seeing how this unfolds (and whether what I think the film is about, is really what is going to happen), especially if it is also put in the wider context of the struggle of women to reconcile their desire for a career with their desire for a family. (I am not looking forward to seeing Armitage as the villain of the piece, though, if that is what he is…)
And now, the round-up.
- First gifs of the My Zoe scenes with Richard – here by riepu10
- I enjoyed this photo collage of Thornton and Margaret by jenlads-kedhed
- Richard likes stripes. From an early age. Pic set by ra-of-light
- That latest advertising click bait by Audible? Here without the unnecessary words by ausschweifendemotte. I really, really like this photo
- And I TOTALLY love this birthday edit by riepu10. Not sure why it is on the side here, probably because it was so large. Best bit: to-scale-Thorin!!!
- A gif set of smiling Richard by mzperx0506universe for Richard’s birthday
- 48 = 195. If you don’t understand the calculation, check thewarriorandtheking’s post
- I totally love these supercute fan art drawings by aninomori
- Here is riepu10’s birthday gif
- Oh, I might have to revise my anti-priest stance after seeing this gorgeous piece of fan art by moodyhedgie
- Fizzyxcustard isolates Richard in his winter wear from The Lodge
- Dwarf hair and beard kink? vpaskalsky has something for you
- Pic set for Thorin by kcaesthetic
- Throwback to Use me as your cardigan by mezzmerizedbyrichard
Phew – a weekend to rest and relax.