The final scene is dialogue-free, but recalls an earlier scene and carries all the anxieties of the central couple right the way through to the end. And yet even without words, their body language conveys everything the viewer needs to know, having been on their journey with them.
In addition to the opening scene (see above), First Man also has a dialogue-free final scene where again the couple’s body language – and the reflective camera-work – bring resolution to the emotional turmoil which both have been experiencing.
In Andrey Zvyagintsev’s traumatic story about a missing boy, a scene very early on is one of the most heartbreaking I saw all year – a silent scream from Alyosha, unobserved by his mother, conveys all the anguish of a 10 year old who doesn’t know how to cope with what is happening around him.
Others which just missed out on this list were Frances McDormand comforting Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Peter Parker disintegrating during Avengers: Infinity War, and a prison visit scene from Kore-eda’s The Third Murder. And perhaps also this:
Happy New Year everyone!