It’s spoken by Dad – we never do learn the name of Casey Affleck’s character – to his daughter, as they prepare to bunk down on what looks like a family camping trip.
Dad and his daughter – her name is Anna, but he calls her Rag – live in a world in which half the population has died of a plague.
Flashbacks reveal that Dad and Mom (Elisabeth Moss) had a daughter about 10 years ago, just as the plague was scouring the planet.
Dad is doing his best to educate his daughter with a hodgepodge of knowledge; spelling, scraps of science, the complicated balance of morals and ethics, and of course stories.
But this is Affleck’s story start to finish, and he makes some fascinating choices, including one to limit the violence in this post-apocalyptic world.
Dad carries no weapons.
The quiet, sombre mood of the film invites all kinds of reflections from viewers.