Uberto Pasolini’s ‘Nowhere Special’ is having its Indian premiere at the International Film Festival of Kerala

Posted on February 13, 2021



This tale of a dying father trying to get his little boy adopted is moving without being melodramatic.

Spoilers ahead…

At some level, John (James Norton) is the bestest dad ever. That’s what his four-year-old, Michael (Daniel Lamont), might say. John combs Michael’s hair for lice. John reads Michael a bedtime story, very patiently, with no indication of the pain he is going through due to a terminal illness. And John is trying to find Michael a new set of parents. He’s trying to get Michael adopted by a couple before he dies. John tells a prospective couple, a very rich couple, “He deserves a normal family… All the opportunities I never had.” John is a window-washer.

One day, at an overbridge, John points to the vehicles below and tells Michael, “All these lorries, taking so many things to so many places… One day, would you like to be in a different place?” That’s another reason to love John, the way he speaks – again, very patiently – to Michael about things way beyond the boy’s comprehension. How do you bring up adoption? Maybe by talking about lorries on the highway. After all, Michael’s favourite toy is a little plastic lorry. Maybe that’s how he will understand?

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