This is a very quiet and understated movie, which I surprisingly ended
up liking, but will most likely appeal only to those viewers who are
willing to be patient, as it's more of a mood piece than anything else.
It can be slow-paced and melancholic, for sure, but I felt that what
worked for me was the chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn
that developed in the film, as well as some first-rate folk singing
Hathaway portrays Franny, who's in Morocco, as the movie opens, working on her PhD in Anthropology, studying Nomadic tribes there. Hathaway still has loads of screen charisma, in my opinion, with those doe-eyes, infectious smile, and lots of acting talent. One night, she gets a call from her mother (Mary Steenburgen), in New York City, that Franny's brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) has been struck by a taxi while crossing a Brooklyn street, and is lying in a coma in the hospital.
Immediately returning to New York, Franny holds lots of guilt because they haven't spoken in six months, after having an argument when Henry wanted to give up college for his music, as he's an aspiring singer and songwriter. She finds a diary of his and begins to go to some of Henry's favorite places to record sounds that she hopes when played back to him in the hospital will help him come out of his coma.
Franny also finds a ticket for a performance by popular folk singer James Forrester (Johnny Flynn), whom Henry idolized. She goes to the performance and there is immediate chemistry between Franny and James. I thought Flynn was also excellent as James, and both their characters are quite reserved and laid-back. To me this was the heart of the movie, as in a very quiet way the two build a relationship, even if it may be only temporary.
In summary, I thought Kate Barker-Froyland, who wrote and directed this film, and makes her major motion picture debut here, did quite the credible job, although as mentioned it's not for everyone. Maybe I was just looking for a change of pace from the frenetic and heavy dramas that are out there, but this indie worked fairly well for me.
Action / Drama / Music
Action / Drama / Music
Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn's music scene, Franny and James develop an unexpected relationship and face the realities of their lives.
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