VOD REVIEW: June Again underpinned by fantastic lead performance

Dementia is a disease that can absolutely destroy a family, and this flick doesn’t shy away from that fact.

There are silver linings to every situation, and June Again explores them with the verve and grace that should be paid to the subject matter.

It follows June – a matriarch stuck in a nursing home due to her dementia – who springs herself from her trappings following a protracted bout of lucidity from her ailment. She goes out into the world, only to find out that things have changed for everyone.

In five years, her grown children have found themselves in their own struggles, her family business is drowning, and her former lover is no longer hers. June sets out to set some things straight in the short time she has.

Written and director by JJ Winlove, this Australian picture is both adorable and absolutely heartfelt, which makes it a true pleasure.

Noni Hazlehurst is fiery as June, and Claudia Karvan and Stephen Curry play her downtrodden kids. While the entire ensemble is fantastic, it’s Hazlehurst who makes the film.

She infuses this entire picture with wit and charm, and June Again is so much better for it.

4/5 Stars

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