Proxima

Proxima

DVD - 2020
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Sarah is a French astronaut training at the European Space Agency in Cologne. She is the only woman in the arduous program. She lives alone with Stella, her seven-year-old daughter. Sarah feels guilty that she cannot spend more time with her child. When Sarah is chosen to be part of the crew of a year-long space mission called "Proxima", it creates chaos in the mother-daughter relationship.
Publisher: [United States] : Vertical Entertainment, [2020]
ISBN: 9786318414234
6318414231
Branch Call Number: DVD PROXIMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Jan 24, 2021

The two leading actors, Eva Green and Matt Dillon, should have made this a great film. Eva fulfills her part in that direction, but Matt is rarely seen and his performance is wooden, cold, and unlikable. Not his fault if he did what the script and director called for. But that’s not as disturbing as the fact that this is NOT a space movie, NOT a mission to Mars, NOT one second of space travel whatsoever.
Instead, it’s an intense drama about the decision to fulfill Eva’s lifelong dream to become an astronaut with its unmatched fame, fortune and feeling of unparalleled accomplishment. We suffer through Eva’s grueling ordeal of training to become an astronaut on a 3-person mission to Mars. Eva’s mission leader, Matt, doesn’t like her. Her space agency supervisor doesn’t like her. And she has serious health problems and great difficulty with the physical demands of the training. If she fails in space, she or her two teammates could die.
The decision complexity is compounded by the fact that her 10-year-old daughter has serious learning deficiencies and multiple fears and phobias. She doesn’t want to spend a year with divorced Daddy who has no parenting skills and doesn’t want to raise a kid he doesn’t particularly like. It also means going to a new school with no friends and no social skills for making friends. So the girl will be losing her mother, her home, her school, and everything else she knew. Losing them for well over a year due to her mother’s before and after mission duties. A million things could cause Eva to die before returning home.
The ONLY saving grace in this disaster of a movie is the glimpse of the enormous physical, mental, and personal life difficulties an astronaut faces. It is not until the last few seconds of this move that the viewer finally learns Eva’s decision – fly to Mars or run back to her little girl. Conclusion: this movie is a chore to watch but full of intense drama.

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