In Cinemas from May 6th 2021
Review by Geoff Jenke
Simply put, the movie June Again is a wonderful way to spend 100 minutes of your life.
June Wilton has spent the last five years of her life living in a home for the aged, with dementia. June does not recognise her family and friends or even staff. She just lives life from day to day. One day she has a fleeting bout of lucidity from her dementia, recognising people and remembering her life. She recognises she has little time with this condition and when she finds her children are estranged, her family business has been run down, June has precious little time to bring everything back together.
June also remembers an old flame and is torn between rekindling this love or letting it be.
Noni Hazlehurst, as June Wilton, leads a strong cast with Claudia Karvan and Stephen Curry playing her children in the movie. Noni, especially, being the central character is great, having to juggle a character that suffers dementia, has a lot of confusing moments as well as the strong, somewhat dominating matriarch when she is in her time of lucidity.
Stephen Curry is better known as a comedian and at first just flits in and out of scenes to add what seems to be a bit of comedy, but deep down his character has a dark guilty secret. Claudia Karvan, plays the daughter, who soon realises, with her mother “back”, things have just returned to how things were before the dementia.
The movie, while a little predictable, flows nicely and does offer a wonderful unpredictable twist at the end that will bring a few tears to the eyes in the cinema.
This is JJ Winlove debut movie, one which he should be very proud of. He also wrote the screenplay.
Simply put (again), the movie June Again is a wonderful way to spend 100 minutes of your life.