A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972)
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Director: Peter Merak, 1972
United Kingdom, 106 minutes.
A domestic drama revolving around two parents attempting to raise their daughter, afflicted with cerebral palsy and almost completely comatose, alive in a vegetative state through the entire film. Coping with their lives the couple lives in a state of despair accentuated by black comedy, as the couple attempt to find resolution in their lives as individuals, a couple, and a family, contrasting their expectations with reality and moving forward with an uncomfortable but sympathetic laugh. Immensely harrowing but not unrealistic, Joe Egg creates a vignette of family life not frequently depicted except as television dramas and after-school specials, in a dramatized, overly melancholy fashion, presented here in a darkly funny fashion as each character lays bare their fears and passions as the world continues to spin around them.