Vibrant, compelling and lofty through a rousing performance from the lead actor, Tom McCarthy’s Stagnant water proves that Matt Damon has not lost his Midas touch.
Starring Bill Baker, a lousy father who finds new evidence to prove his daughter’s innocence, Damon carries the film on his shoulders, while the supporting cast also does a great job of boosting a touching story. to give.
Bill’s daughter Allison (played by Abigail Breslin) is a young woman who spends time behind bars for a crime she says she never committed. When she sends a note to her father to pass on to the lawyer who worked on the case, Bill follows the breadcrumbs and stumbles upon a lead that could get her out of jail.
Set against the backdrop of Marseille, France, Bill sees the plot taking matters into his own hands to prove Allison’s innocence, enlisting the help of Virginie (Camille Cottin) and forming a bond with her daughter Maya (Lilou Siauvaud).
As the concerned father tries to make sure the truth comes out, he sees the unfolding events as an opportunity to mend the strained relationship with his daughter while preserving the new one with Virginie and Maya.
Bill doesn’t know there’s another part of the story his daughter never told him. But he will learn that some secrets are much more expensive than others and that revealing them could destroy one’s existence.
Matt Damon easily portrays Bill Baker as if he was born for the part (and why not? He’s one of the most talented actors of his generation). His performance gives the viewer many reasons to keep watching until the end.
Abigail Breslin as the incarcerated daughter shows that she has fully grown into adult roles. Her character is deeply flawed and she comes to embrace her imperfections.
Camille Cottin also delivers the best, as the Frenchwoman who opens her heart to a foreigner and thus gives her child the father she has always longed for.
Little star Lilou Siauvaud doesn’t say much, but has a magnetic presence and shows promise as a talented actress. Her relationship with Bill is part of the emotional core of the film.
With a resonant story, good direction, the right mix of drama and suspense, Stagnant water is a film that slowly sucks you in with its unrefined portrayal of life’s cluttered details.
Director Tom McCarthy takes his time to make sure the plot touches you, engages you, and lets you enjoy the compelling drama emotionally.
Stagnant water is a triumph, one that shows that Matt Damon is far from done when it comes to stealing hearts on the big screen.