Sam and Tusker have been together over twenty years and having a holiday travelling across England in their old RV. Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia and the pair are struggling to deal with it in very different ways, quickly running out of time.
Supernova takes the audience on a journey with Sam and Tusker as they are clinging on to the little time they have remaining before he know longer remembers the love of his life. It is done in a rather impressive way as we do not get to see them before this and everything we learn is through stories and moments. This was a very powerful way to take on the issues that come with dementia and shows it from both view points.
Tusker is still very aware and can remember most things, but has lost the ability to be able to write, something he has kept hidden from Sam. This is even worse considering he has written many novels, he wants to be in control and cannot cope with the realisation that it is only going to get worse and that he will no longer remember who Sam even is, let alone all of the amazing years they have spent together with memories of travelling to so many places.
Sam obviously does not want to lose Tusker and wants to battle on taking care of him throughout it all, without really thinking about how bad it is going to be. Not really considering how much it will break him caring for the man he loves without feeling anything back anymore and how emotionally draining that would become.
The tense nature of the trip in the RV and being in the Lake District gave for some lovely shots, creating a rather bleak setting considering the weather is not fantastic. That actually creates the perfect atmosphere to accompany the scenes and impending doom of the situation. We have seen dementia portrayed a lot more on screen in recent years and I felt as though this was another different way to put it across and therefore brilliant to highlight how it can impact a couple very much in love and not of a very old age.
Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci were both fantastic in the roles and really brought out the best in each other and consumed the characters. It does feel a little bit slow at times but I felt as though that was for the right reasons, to build everything up and learn more about their past. Throwing in some friends and family at the right time as well, but it was all centred on the pair and this gave Firth and Tucci the chance to really shine. Capturing some humorous moments with the utter heartbreak and despair of the idea that Tusker comes up with, something that I guessed quite early on with some of the signs. It utterly breaks you as you can understand his why, but then you can also understand Sam’s point of view as well.