Movie Review - T11 Incomplete (Outfest 2020)
Karen Sillas starred in Guacci's previous film Stuff (2015). Sillas returns as Kate Murphy, the medical aide who is assigned to various patients, providing them with at-home care. It's not evident at first, but she's a grandmother, one who has been down-and-out, having weathered some tough times. She seems to have a job that she's good at doing, but it doesn't seem to be enough. Immediately, the impression is that this film will be this year's Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), the Oscar-nominated film about a lonely and desperate woman who resorts to crime. Guacci's feature lands, however, near Where Is Kyra? (2018), another film about a lonely and desperate woman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Here, Sillas has the Pfeiffer role, which makes sense as Sillas has a kind of Pfeiffer aura about her.
All of it is very touching and enlightening. What is unexpected is the possible romance that begins to develop between Kate and Laura. There aren't too many romances featuring a disabled person, one specifically in a wheelchair. Guacci's film isn't as overblown or as wrought as something like Me Before You (2016), a failed Hollywood stab at this kind of relationship. I've seen better iterations of this relationship in a TV show like Friday Night Lights (2006) and Michael D. Akers' Morgan (2012), but those were between disabled men and loved ones who didn't work for them. This film is about a disabled woman and this film skirts the ethical line of having a disabled person possibly have a romance with her caregiver, an ethical line that's skirted because of how broken both women feel.
What we see is Kate have to deal with that hurt from her son, the emotional hurt, as well as the physical hurt that Laura experienced and is experiencing still to a degree. It's difficult, but Guacci weaves it all together with the perfect amount of sentiment and grace, allowing for sweet and tender moments that really resonate. Yes, there is a rather titillating moment, but I was more moved in a scene where everyone's clothes remained on, which the only action was that of a back rub and massage that was perhaps more steamy than the lesbian sex scene.
It's a beautiful film that tells a heartfelt story as thoughtfully and as sensitively as one could want.
Not Rated but contains nudity, sexual situations and language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 44 mins.
Streamed through OutfestNow.