MOVIES IN REVIEW: THE LIFEGUARD
Someone (WG Sebald?) said something along the lines of “there are only two subjects for intelligent people to think about now: Hitler and Stalin.” Very true. But the contemporary American corollary is, “There is only one subject for intelligent people to think about now: Why we can’t grow the f- up.”
Liz Garcia has made a beautiful film on this topic that quietly gets at much of the problem. The story of a reporter who decides to give up the city and her career and move back home to her childhood room and childhood job is truly our story. That lifeguard lives in all of us.
What might sounds a high concept comedy premise goes to a very deep and dark place in this film, taking you along in such a quiet and inexorable way that you don’t even notice the terrible slope you’ve slid down. Kristen Bell is perfectly cast as the young woman who sees teenagedom as the natural state of being, the grown up world as one of horrors.
A beautiful, haunting film and a great first outing by Liz Garcia. Everybody go see or watch this immediately.