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In Truman, two best friends, Julian (Ricardo Darin) and Tomas (Javier Camara), deal with Julian’s impending death and the decision of what to do with his dog after he passes.

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Truman
Written by
Tomas Aragay, Cesc Gay
Directed by
Cesc Gay
Starring
Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara
Genre
Drama
Classification
14A
Country
Spain/Argentina
Language
Spanish/English
Year
2015

Movies that include a dog's name in the title usually see the pet take centre stage, as is the case in films such as Marley & Me and Old Yeller. This can be an easy formula to make a tearjerker, but Cesc Gay's film Truman defies the norm and is better for it.

Two best friends, Julian (Ricardo Darin) and Tomas (Javier Camara), deal with Julian's impending death, and while the decision of what to do with Truman after Julian passes does play an important role, the film's real triumph is in how accurately it captures the intricacies of human relationships, especially when tested.

As the film examines how different people deal with death, it doesn't shy away from the awkward moments, accurately showing that those closest to us – be it friends or family – may not always know what to say or do. The honesty of the script and the strength of the acting makes for a moving story, which manages to sidestep the classic clichés one might normally see in a film dealing with cancer.

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