A long way down review film

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a long way down review film

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when theyve reached the end of the line.

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Years Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Toppers House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.

Whats your jumping-off point?

Maureen
Why is it the biggest sin of all? All your life youre told that youll be going to this marvelous place when you pass on. And the one thing you can do to get you there a bit quicker is something that stops you getting there at all. Oh, I can see that its a kind of queue-jumping. But if someone jumps the queue at the post office, people tut. Or sometimes they say Excuse me, I was here first. They dont say You will be consumed by hellfire for all eternity. That would be a bit strong.

Martin
Id spent the previous couple of months looking up suicides on the Internet, just out of curiosity. And nearly every single time, the coroner says the same thing: He took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed. And then you read the story about the poor bastard: His wife was sleeping with his best friend, hed lost his job, his daughter had been killed in a road accident some months before . . . Hello, Mr. Coroner? Im sorry, but theres no disturbed mental balance here, my friend. Id say he got it just right.

Jess
I was at a party downstairs. It was a shit party, full of all these ancient crusties sitting on the floor drinking cider and smoking huge spliffs and listening to weirdo space-out reggae. At midnight, one of them clapped sarcastically, and a couple of others laughed, and that was it-Happy New Year to you, too. You could have turned up to that party as the happiest person in London, and youd still have wanted to jump off the roof by five past twelve. And I wasnt the happiest person in London anyway. Obviously.

JJ
New Years Eve was a night for sentimental losers. It was my own stupid fault. Of course thered be a low-rent crowd up there. I should have picked a classier date-like March 28, when Virginia Woolf took her walk into the river, or November 25 (Nick Drake). If anybody had been on the roof on either of those nights, the chances are they would have been like-minded souls, rather than hopeless f*ck-ups who had somehow persuaded themselves that the end of a calendar year is in any way significant.
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There are moments of tenderness and honest human emotion buried in the frustrating “A Long Way Down” but one has to work far too hard and.
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A Long Way Down review – 'Fantastically unconvincing'

The film never really recovers from these off-putting, emotionally haphazard moments. This barbed assumption of superiority is a defense mechanism, of course, which underlines a vulnerability that Hornby deftly satirizes without succumbing to authorial judgment. Populated by ciphers, A Long Way Down succumbs to ghoulishness. In this film, people are basically a vacation and a decent lay away from jumping right back into the saddle of their lives. Chaumeil appears to believe that a suicidal state is merely self-pity gussied up. While its characters may appear to be, and often behave as, stereotypical rednecks and bumbling small-town cops, the film approaches them not with contempt, but with a bemused kind of empathy, finding a very human vulnerability lurking beneath their strange and oafish behaviors.

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You get the idea. Honest emotion falls victim to poor filmmaking again. He climbs to the roof of the Toppers Building, a notorious suicide spot; so notorious that he runs into three other people on this frosty, fateful evening. Jess Imogen Poots is heartbroken and J. Aaron Paul tells his new mates that he has brain cancer.

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