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Necessarily melancholy- The New Indian Express

by Stewart Cole

Express News Service

In many ways, the title, The Good Nurse, is misleading. For all the obvious reasons, it feels like an emotional medical drama about a good, diligent nurse helping a terminally ill patient find hope. However, it is anything but. In fact, there is hardly a single leisurely moment to offer relief from the desolate mood that envelops you.

In The Good Nurse, we tour the desperation of Parkfield Memorial Hospital, New Jersey – where most of the film takes place – along with Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain). A nurse at the institution is diagnosed with a fatal heart condition and needs a heart transplant to survive, but
To qualify for insurance, she must work for a few more weeks, even though her health continues to deteriorate. But that’s not the point of the film. When a senior nurse named Charlie (Eddie Redmayne) is assigned, the situation at the hospital becomes more mysterious.

Inspired by true events, the film is based on the story of how Amy helped the police catch fellow nurse and serial killer Charlie. Much of the film is also adapted from American journalist Charles Graeber’s book, The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder.

The film, skillfully complemented by Jody Lee Lipes’ silent, cold frames, beautifully captures the inequality and pain that prevails in the dimly lit corridors of this hospital. There is a sense of unease that permeates this film, even as the camera refuses to sensationalize the suffering of the patients. The discomfort he manages to bring through the mood gets the job done, while capable performances from Chastain and Redmayne—both essay roles right up their alley—as lonely people dealing with huge issues in their personal lives do the rest. .

When the script moves into the thriller zone, introducing two cardboard cut-outs posing as detectives, the good nurse falls flat, throwing you out of a painstakingly created atmosphere. Fortunately, that doesn’t last long.

This might not be the best movie to consume during the holiday season, but the ending offers some respite by reminding you that no matter your circumstances, hope lives on. That it’s based on a true story helps too.

The good nurse
Directed by: Tobias Lindholm
Genre: True Crime
Platform: Netflix
Language: English
Rating: 3.5/5

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