Light of My Life
A father and daughter navigate a world without women.
“This might sound like a joke,” said Amy Zimmerman in TheDailyBeast.com. Casey Affleck, the Oscar-winning actor who ducked 2018’s ceremony because of his history of alleged sexual harassment, is now starring in a movie, which he wrote and directed himself, about a world in which nearly all women have been killed by a gender-specific plague. In a way, “Affleck has done something clever here,” because all men in this dystopia are justifiably feared as potential rapists—well, all except Affleck’s character, the loving father of a girl he’s disguised as his son. Though newcomer Anna Pniowsky is great in the daughter role, “in Affleck’s hands, this already questionable material is just too uncomfortable.” At least Light of My Life has “more to offer than half-formed gender analysis,” said Eric Kohn in IndieWire.com. Its gloomy cinematography “casts an atmospheric spell” as father and daughter dodge danger in misty forests, and “the movie really comes alive” in its final action-filled moments. “Anyone baying for Affleck’s artistic failure is basically out of luck,” said Tim Robey in The Daily Telegraph (U.K.). “The real-world Affleck may not be out of the woods, but his nervous state of exile here is a temporarily apt hiding place.” ■