Another Round

Another Round ★★★★★

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Another Round manages to be the biggest crowdpleaser of TIFF 2020 with its hilarious story about drinking to excess improving and destroying the lives of those involved. This is one of those films that can make you feel everything. I spent a good deal of time laughing, crying, and always genuinely felt something over the course of the narrative.

Not only is it a crowdpleaser, it's artfully crafted in every way (as expected from Vinterberg). Reminds me a lot of Toni Erdmann in how it mixes being a riotous comedy with artful filmmaking techniques.

But I think where this film stands out most is in the treatment of its themes. I was worried that the movie would become preachy or have the characters suffer because of their use of alcohol, ultimately learning that drinking is bad and ruins lives. It's so much more complicated than that very bland approach to the story. It's a story about moderation. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, but that doesn't mean that a good amount of a good thing is a bad thing as well. It also goes into how the same substance can have dramatically different effects on people. It shows how alcohol can brighten one life, and destroy another. In the end, it's a celebration, even through all of the sadness.

I've seen a lot of people hating the ending, but I think it's a perfect way to sum up all of the themes of the film.

Definitely one of the best of the fest and my current prediction for the People's Choice Award.

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