The narrative unfolds in the vibrant backdrop of London, introducing us to Adam, a lonely screenwriter played by Andrew Scott. Haigh delicately crafts the story as Adam's life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters Harry, portrayed by the talented Paul Mescal, a charismatic neighbor who sparks a romantic connection. However, the film is not a conventional love story; it delves into the fantastical as Adam grapples with his past and the spectral presence of his deceased parents.
Haunted by the ghosts of his parents, Adam's journey becomes a poignant exploration of acceptance, self-discovery, and the complex dynamics of love. The narrative seamlessly intertwines the realms of the seen and unseen, inviting audiences to question the boundaries between the living and the departed.
As Adam and Harry navigate their blossoming relationship, the film takes a surreal turn when they delve into the world of clubbing and hallucinogenic experiences. Christmas becomes a surreal backdrop for Adam, who finds himself in a time-bending journey that blurs the lines between reality and imagination.
The emotional core of the film lies in Adam's reconciliation with his past, particularly his struggles with identity, acceptance, and the fear of being alone. The presence of his parents, beautifully portrayed by Jamie Bell and Claire Foy, becomes a guiding force, offering wisdom, acceptance, and a profound sense of closure.
The climax takes an unexpected twist as Adam confronts the ephemeral nature of love and life. The film masterfully explores the themes of letting go, moving on, and the transformative power of self-acceptance. The conclusion is a poignant realization that true happiness lies in embracing the present and releasing the shackles of the past.