Saoirse Ronan beautifully anchors recovery drama The Outrun

Similar to 2014 Fiercenew movie The Outrun follows a woman who gets lost in nature, in solitude, to find herself. The Outrunwhich premiered here on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, is doing business Fierce‘s Pacific Crest Trail leading to the windswept shores of the Orkney Islands, where a young woman originally from the area, Rona, has returned from London in hopes of maintaining her newfound sobriety. In this desolate place, he rediscovers the harsh and graceful poetry of being.

Based Amy Liptrotbest-selling monographs, The Outrun he leans hard on that poeticism. But the director Nora Fingscheidt, who wrote the adaptation with Liptrot, manages to keep things tangible, away from purple abstraction. It is like Fierce even in this way; both films find a textured, believable humanity amidst all their metaphors. The Outrun his star helps him immensely on that front, Saoirse Ronanwhich expressively embodies a woman passing through a powerful crucible, mostly alone.

As has become the custom, it seems The Outrun toggles between timelines. We see Rona’s past where she is a bright biology student with a loving boyfriend (Papa Essiedu) and a cozy London flat. Systematically dousing these nice, stable things in alcohol and lighting them on fire, he spends many loud nights in clubs – nights that quickly turn from hilarious to miserable. She is estranged from her loved one and, perhaps most importantly, from herself. It’s tragic to watch, but Ronan avoids the histrionics or faint hints of drunkenness that often plague screen drunkenness. Ronan seems to have a deep sympathy for the character and therefore never sensationalizes her pain and struggle.

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In the present part of the film, Ronan quiets down and slows down into a person in protective retreat. Although she is not mute. Rona sometimes lashes out at her mother (Saskia Reeves), with whom he stays for a restless spell, and amuses himself around his father, a similarly scientifically minded and similarly troubled figure playing with a weary warmth Stephen Dillane. As Rona rebuilds herself, we see pieces of her emerge: her kindness, her curiosity, the connection to the natural world that sustains her more and more. Ronan narrates from Liptrot’s book in a dreamy voiceover, explanations of Rona’s psyche that never play out as cheap shortcut devices. Ronan sells it well, all this transcendent philosophy from someone all too familiar with the depths.

Rona pursues her peripatetic interests—birds, seaweed—on Papa Westray, a lonely island in the north of Orkney where only a few dozen people live year-round. He settles in a temporarily empty house and builds a simple little life that gradually takes on great significance. The flashbacks come crashing in like waves, but Fingscheidt increasingly focuses on the present and takes advantage John Gurtler and Jan Miserre‘s swell, beautiful score and Yunus Roy Imerdazzling cinematography that reveals the hope and understanding blossoming in Rona’s ever-healing mind and body.

The big empowerment speeches and tearful reconciliations with parents and friends that we might expect from a lesser film never arrive The Outrun. Conversations are smaller, more intimate, truer to the cadences of everyday life. It’s in the voiceover that the film reaches its grandeur, which it achieves thanks to Liptrot’s lyrical writing and Ronan’s soulful interpretation. Fingscheidt hasn’t reinvented the form—we’ve seen these revelations and conclusions before, we know other versions of this arc—but she’s created something with it that resonates. Those in recovery and those close to someone who is should find something nourishing in this The Outruna stirring reminder of the human capacity to regroup, accept a bitter past and envision a brighter future.

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Anyone who sees the film may want to take a thoughtful trip across the Pentland Firth to explore these islands for themselves. Their rugged beauty is decently portrayed The Outrun, both forbidding and challenging; indeed, they look like places that, if approached in the right way, might offer some clarity. Maybe Saoirse Ronan could be our guide, if only on tape.

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