Lean on Pete
First screened in September 2017
Director: Andrew Haigh. Cast: Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Justin Rain, Lewis Pullman, Bob Olin, Julia Prud'homme, Thomas Mann, Frank Gallegos, Steve Zahn, Rachael Perrell Fosket, Alison Elliott. Screenplay: Andrew Haigh (based on the novel by Willy Vlautin).

Twitter Capsule: Felt like Ozu, then like Mizoguchi. Warm, thrilling, sad, like an unrequited love admitting they once loved you, too.

VOR:   While suggesting these analogies, Haigh continues defining and expanding his own aesthetic. Unusual views of the Pacific Northwest and contemporary U.S. life.

Photo © 2017 A24/The Bureau/Film4

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Venice Film Festival: Marcello Mastroianni Award (Plummer)

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