Sorry, yet another review of something on a pay stream, but just like Severance, this weird little gem is well worth the money – from what I’ve seen so far anyway.
Roar is a series of eight films, based on the story collection of the same name by Ceclia Ahern.
Each story touches upon issues such as gender, race, illness – pretty much a metaphor for modern living, which probably explains why the whole series is heavy on metaphors.
I haven’t gone through the whole series yet, but so far, so good:
- The Woman Who Disappeared
- A black female novelist travels to LA to meet with media executives. As the day wears on, she finds her voice, her vision for her book, and herself slowly fading away.
- The Woman Who Ate Photographs.
- During a road trip to collect her mother who suffers from Alzemias, a woman discovers she can relive memories by eating photographs from the family album.
- The Woman Who was Kept on a Shelf
- I think this one is my favourite so far: takes the whole notion of the “trophy wife” to a whole new level.
The pieces are meant to be thought-provoking without necessarily providing a satisfying ending, or in some cases, any real ending at all.
But they are all brilliantly scripted, brilliantly acted, and somewhat dark whilst maintaining a sense of humour.
When you take out the subscription to watch Severance, set a few hours aside to watch Roar as well.