Listen: Josh O’Connor Shines
Josh O’Connor shines in the captivating and visually stunning “La Chimera”
Directed by Oscar nominee Alice Rohrwacher, despite the setbacks faced by his other projects, O’Connor’s performance as a grieving tomb raider is not to be missed.
With the SAG strike delaying the release of his highly anticipated tennis film ‘Challengers,’ O’Connor’s star power was put on hold. He also flew under the radar with a supporting role in the World War II drama ‘Lee.’ However, ‘La Chimera’ received positive reviews at Cannes and was acquired by Neon, yet still awaits a release date in the U.S.
Alice Rohrwacher’s film, known for her storytelling set in the past, brings warmth and whimsy to the screen. Her previous works, such as ‘The Wonders’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro,’ explore bygone eras and small, vibrant communities. In ‘La Chimera,’ set in the 1980s, O’Connor portrays Arthur as a reserved yet temperamental tomb raider whose role demands maturity and life experience beyond his youthful appearance.
Despite speaking mostly Italian, he is known as “the Englishman” in Arthur’s world. He is part of a group of robbers who uncover hidden treasures, fueled by his desire to connect with his deceased lover. As he navigates his emotional journey, he finds solace in Beniamina’s boisterous family, particularly her mother, Flora, played by Isabella Rossellini.
Rohrwacher’s directorial prowess shines in her ability to orchestrate vibrant and comedic scenes that establish power dynamics among the characters. These moments provide lightness in a film that centers around a melancholic protagonist.
While the release date for ‘La Chimera’ in the U.S. remains uncertain, it is a film that promises to captivate audiences with its stunning visuals and compelling performances. Josh O’Connor’s portrayal of Arthur showcases his potential for iconic roles in the future. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this masterfully crafted film.