Together is a 2021 British comedy-drama television film directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay written by Dennis Kelly. It stars James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan as a couple.
The reality of lockdown forces a couple to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship. She works for a refugee organisation as a coordinator for all of Europe. She is the sole grandparent still alive, the daughter of a dentist father and an “old socialist” mother. Meanwhile, he conducts a boutique computing consultancy as a self-employed, self-made man. With Samuel Logan making an appearance as their son, Artie. The project was filmed in ten days in Kensal Rise, London.
Together (2021): Release Date
On June 17, 2021, the film was broadcast on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. It garnered mostly excellent reviews upon its initial release, with some describing it as a “claustrophobic,” “brilliant,” and “honest” picture set during the pandemic. Bleecker Street will distribute Together in theatres on August 27, 2021 in the United States.
However, the usage of monologues and fourth wall breaking received mixed reviews. Together received four out of five stars from Lucy Mangan of The Guardian, who commented that it “captures perfectly the emotional dilapidations of a failing love.”
Together (2021): Cast
Together with stars Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy as She and He, the two key characters. Horgan, whose film credits include Catastrophe, This Way Up, and Disenchantment, expressed her “delight” in working with McAvoy and described the 10-day filming as “a beautifully difficult experience.”
“It was a thrill to work with Dennis [Kelly] again, as well as Stephen Daldry and James McAvoy, two actors I’ve respected for years. However, it also felt as if we were working on something significant. And the fact that it feels like breaking news indicates that the Covid death toll, the sorrow of so many lives lost unnecessarily, has received little attention.”
James McAvoy, whose recent SU2C efforts include His Dark Materials and The Great Celebrity Bake Off, is equally excited to be a part of the show.
“A humorous, emotional, entertaining, and instinctively funny exploration of a relationship and a couple experiencing actual sorrow over the course of a year we’ve all gone through,” he said of the film.
Together (2021): Plot
The narrative of a couple forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship due to the realities of lockdown is both hilarious and poignant.
She works for a refugee organization as a coordinator for all of Europe. She is the sole grandchild of a dentist father and an ‘old socialist’ mother who is still alive.
Meanwhile, he conducts a boutique computing consultancy as a self-employed, self-made man. He’s been forced to lay off his employees and start cultivating vegetables, which he enjoys.
Artie, their 10-year-old kid, is the only thing keeping his parents’ marriage together – until lockdown.
Together (2021): Trailer
It will be some time before we know which elements from the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic will linger with us long after they have faded from view. However, a few similar touchstones appear to be forming in our films and show about it: toilet paper stockpiling, grocery store emptiness, cheering for carers, and, of course, the claustrophobia of being trapped inside for months on end.
That agony is amplified for the unidentified couple (James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan) at the core of Stephen Daldry’s Together by the fact that they can’t stand each other. They claim they’re staying together for their small kid (Samuel Logan), but their enjoyment of their mutual hatred seems to bind them even closer.
He explains why he despises her looks in the first scene, while she compares him to colorectal cancer and “a pint glass of diarrhea.” It’s unfortunate for them that the film chronicles their romance over the course of a year of pandemic lockdowns in the United Kingdom. As good as Together is at depicting the pandemic’s challenges — As a love story, the uncertainty, fury, and bone-deep tiredness are less credible.
Scripted and acted brilliantly.
This had sneaked up on me. It was just in the background when I became aware of it. The performance was excellent, and the storyline was amusing, heartbreaking, and moving. I’m sure it gave them an inside look at many relationships and the ups and downs they went through during lockdown. It was engrossing to watch, which is unusual anymore.