The Roads Not Taken

Director: Sally Potter
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 1.0

A sickly writer (Javier Bardem), who can barely speak and is incredibly confused, gets dragged all across town by his daughter (Elle Fanning) - from dentist to department store to optometrist - while he keeps flashing back to his past life with old flame Dolores (Salma Hayek) and a tragedy they endured together (their child was killed in a car accident).  I'm not sure what Potter was thinking from beginning to end with this (if she was thinking at all, considering her past output) as the audience is forced to watch Bardem in a state of agony, sweating, urinating himself, unable to follow the most basic directions and wandering through the streets barefoot.  Not even half-way through I was grumbling to myself he should be in a nursing home and that the movie serves no real purpose except to reveal Bardem's acting prowess (although everyone already knows he's good).