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SIFF 2014: Lucky Them
It may not be the most accurate portrayal of reality, but rising Seattle director Megan Griffiths does make the Seattle's music scene seem beautiful in her biggest film yet, Lucky Them. Toni Collette stars as Ellie, an ageing rock journalist who seems to be trying her hardest to lose her job while simultaneously sleeping her way through the scene (including a new singer-songwriter beau she discovered while he was busking). Things get more complicated for Ellie when her boss lays down an ultimatum: Either write a feature on Matthew Smith—an iconic singer-songwriter and Ellie's old flame who disappeared 10 years ago—or she'll be fired. Her attempted journey to track down what happened to Smith is aided by her weird rich friend Charlie (played by a consistently stilted, funny, and scene-stealing Thomas Haden Church), who agrees to help if he can shoot a documentary about the process. Griffiths's shots of Capitol Hill at night are serene (or as serene as Capitol Hill gets at night) and she's able to weave in Seattle music through the soundtrack (hello Pickwick), on screen performances (hola the Head and the Heart), and even with cameos (what up Sean Nelson?). Ultimately, the film is an examination of how we can keep replaying our memories of old relationships in our heads like our favorite songs; putting them on repeat as a way of not letting go, moving on, and finding something new.
Event Categories: Film
May 22, 2014 at 7pm
May 23, 2014 at 9:15pmShow more...
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