While fighting in Afghanistan, a US soldier sustains a traumatic brain injury and finds it difficult to acclimate to life in New Orleans afterward. She meets James, a local mechanic, and the two quickly form an unlikely friendship.
User’s Review on Causeway (2022)
An observational drama on an injured soldier’s return to a broken home. The subsequent recovery process through befriending another lost soul, and making family amends in this thought provoking drama that leaves it to the viewer’s discretion…
There is no melodrama or hissy-fits about poor me from Jennifer Lawrence as Lynsey, downplaying the role to the point where you forget the actor and get caught up in the emotions of the character. And that goes to the whole cast, who played it in tune to the subdued thoughtful tone of the film.
There is no rSEiveting story here, just performances that felt so real without being too loud. One for the film school…
Nothing much happens. But it really moved me nonetheless. Not in a dramatic kinda way, but in a mellow, kindhearted, subtle way.
The story: Lesbian soldier (Jennifer Lawrence) suffering from a brain injury is struggling to heal, phyisically and mentally. And she finds a male friend (spoiler: NO romance), whom she can share her feelings with.
This story might sound a bit like a sentimental tearjerker perhaps, but it sure as heck is the opposite of a tearjerker. It’s true, down to earth and heartfelt. And so recognizable and humanlike…
The good: NOT a blistering drama, no, this is a SUBTLE, moody, ENDEARING CHARACTER portrait, with beautiful photography, with a heartfelt direction (debut) and excellent acting performances.
More good: Jennifer Lawrence SHINES. She simply does. And she shines at acting a fierce, yet struggling woman, fighting to stay afloat after she suffered from a debilitating brain injury.
The many, MANY emotions that Jennifer Lawrence is capable of showing, whithout even speaking, is to die for. She is the real thing! Her opposing leading actor is terrific as well.
Any bad? Not suited for the impatient, because nothing much happens at all, but this subtle story really moved me nonetheless. This movie is an ACTOR’S movie. Full stop. And I loved watching it for these many excellent true to life acting performances.
Such an achievement to act out SO many emotions with such a simple story and with so few use of words. This is why I love to watch cinema. Bravo!
(Produced by Jennifer Lawrence herself).
Causeway is a decent drama backed by great performances from Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry. Lila Neugebauer’s debut feature is a quiet moving drama which slowly shows a soldiers recovery from a brain injury.
Jennifer Lawrence wisely chooses a smaller production here, taking a break from big budget affair like Hunger Games & especially X-Men (The X-Men series ended up a noose round Lawrence’s neck after the great First Class & Days Of Future Past).
Brian Tyree Henry continues his rise here and does well in a more serious role than usually expected from him. After Bullet Train, he’s had a fairly successful year.
Hopefully Jennifer Lawrence will stick to more independent efforts like this and Winter’s Bone as that’s where her talents are definitely more suited.
Causeway (2022) // Red, White and Water
Release Date: Nov 4, 2022 (United States)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Brian Tyree Henry, Linda Emond
Subtitle Language: English