Why watch this film?
The debut of the star Jesse Eisenberg in directing feature films, also as the screenwriter, "When You Finish Saving the World" brings all the essence of "Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig's Oscar-nominated film: a teenager (Finn Wolfhard) feels lost in life while performing musical acts online about subjects of his age, while his mother (Julianne Moore), the director of a shelter for women victims of abuse, doesn't see him as an engaged person. That's where the worlds of the two collide: the boy starts trying to become more politically aware, not just to impress his mother, but also to catch the attention of a girl (Alisha Boe) at school; meanwhile, Moore's character starts treating one of the boys in the shelter, the son of a victim, as if he were her own child. It's a painful drama that, despite some simplifications and the natural irritation that arises from insufferable characters (what can you expect from Eisenberg, right?), has a soul and a heart to address the complexity of mother-child relationships.