A deep cut into the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in the San Fernando Valley.A deep cut into the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in the San Fernando Valley.A deep cut into the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in the San Fernando Valley.
Mr Corman won't be remembered for any spectacular scene, directing trick or great actor's moment. In fact, looking at the reviews here, it's likely it will be even forgotten. Still is a brillant production where realism and characters' inner thoughts and feelings meld together; where surrealism, grit and misery mix effortlessly.
Mr Corman - except for at most 10 minutes over the whole series length - is incredibly solid in depicting crisis, incommunicability and modern human condition in all its personal dimensions. Aging, loneliness, family life, love relationships, friendships, financial hurdles, societal pressures, work-life up to the meaning of life: JGL provides a very mature and refined ouvre, which surprisingly gets produced (possibly due to a very limited budget?). All the while avoiding being preachy or overly depressing.
It could have winked a bit more to the viewers by introducing more immediately funny or tear-jerking stuff and by cutting out some of the heaviest scenes (ep 2 and 9 IMO): but is this a flaw? I'm not sure myself so between 8 or 10 I'll go with a 9.
Kudos for a great job.
- Oct 2, 2021