Right now, I’ve been catching up with the first 2 series of ‘Line of Duty’ which are available on the BBC iPlayer. (I only discovered this phenomenon from series 3 onwards)
However, on a recommendation from a friend, I did switch over to Netflix to catch up on ‘The Fundamental of Caring’ a laugh-out-loud, low-budget indie comedy and I’m so pleased I did.
The screenplay is based on a novel by Jonathan Evison and it translates perfectly to the screen thanks to Paul Burnett’s screenplay and artful direction. Paul Rudd stars as Ben, who’s undergone a significant personal tragedy and who can’t quite agree to the divorce his wife so desperately wants. In a bid to find some meaning to his life, he decides to alter his career path and train as a care-giver. His first assignment is caring for Trevor (played by the fabulous Craig Roberts from Newport), a sarcastic, complex and hilarious teenager with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They embark on a road trip to see some of America’s most weird roadside attractions – such as Rufus the giant cow and the deepest pit in the world. I found the film to be unsentimental, warm, thought-provoking, honest and very, very funny.
I’d really recommend giving it a view especially as Alan Partridge’s new series (not his best) and Fleabag 2 (loved it) have just finished. (At the time of writing there’s one more episode of Fleabag – yay!)