4.5

MIFF: Measure For Measure

Drama Romance


 

Set in a ruthless world of local drug lords, the action centres on the fate of Claudio, who has fallen for Angelo's sister (and is jailed because of him).

"Measure for Measure" takes its name and broad plotline from Shakespeare's play. Central to the movie is an abiding dilemma of how to behave and what is called for in a set of circumstances. The comedic elements of the original are toned down, focusing instead on romance; and the result is resonant in today's urban setting. The movie reaches deep into darkness thanks to a stellar script and some star acting performances. A grounded and unexaggerated film that doesn't brag. Life's simple measures.

Anne Murphy

MIFF 2019
103 mins