Still, far from the Hitchcock-style average person who always wins in this situation (think Jimmy Stewart in “People Who Know Too Much”), Bill has his own troublesome background, including Abuses drugs and is not a detective.
Since he doesn’t speak the local language, he eventually established a relationship with actress Camille Cottin (Camille Cottin, who recently appeared in “Call My Agent”), and an unlikely relationship with her and her young daughter (Lilou Siauvaud). The latter is the bond he has largely squandered his parents.
So the movie runs on parallel tracks, and Bill builds a certain life in Marseille while trying to find a way to justify Alison, despite being urged to let go.
“The last thing you want to give your daughter is false hope,” her lawyer told him, but driven by his inner strength-including a desire to make up-Bill seemed unable to give up the fight.
McCarthy initially drew inspiration from Knox’s story, and early drafts of the script were put on hold for several years. During this period, the world—and America’s place in it—had changed, adding another element to Bill’s efforts.
Because McCarthy and his collaborators provide far more independent films than studio products, “Stillwater” (the name of a small town in Oklahoma) took an unexpected detour, which proves It’s a mixed blessing. Although the movie made the audience lose the balance between what really happened and what was about to happen, it dragged on for nearly two hours and 20 minutes, making people impatient with reaching the end and lowering satisfaction when it was finally completed.
Praise McCarthy for surrounding a flawed protagonist and his search for salvation in a movie, and Damon for immersing himself wholeheartedly in a role that avoids the usual heroic clichés.
However, in the end, the “still water” runs for a long time, but not particularly deep – or at least, not deep enough.
“Still Water” premiered in American theaters on July 30. The rating is R.