Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Canada/USA, 2001. Alliance Atlantis Communications, Eureka Pictures, IFC Productions, Process Productions. Screenplay by Bart Freundlich. Cinematography by Terry Stacey. Produced by Howard Bernstein, Bart Freundlich, Tim Perell. Music by Clint Mansell. Production Design by Kevin Thompson. Costume Design by Victoria Farrell. Film Editing by Kate Sanford.
Billy Crudup is sitting in his living room one day, reflecting on his life with his beautiful wife and newborn son, then decides to leave home and roam the country with nowhere in particular to go. His adventures take him to various places where he makes new friends, meets lots of emotionally cracked women and finally forces himself to examine what really made him run in the first place. The film could have been lyrical and affecting but it has an unlikable lead character whose quest is never very sympathetic. Director Bart Freundlich unsafely assumes that we will be as taken by Crudup’s looks as the women in the film are and will accept him for all his faults, but his performance is so sullen and moody that it’s impossible to get anywhere close to it. The only bright spark comes from Julianne Moore, who brings beautiful life to her mentally questionable character, though she also reveals the most about Freundlich’s apparantly simplistic view of women than any of the others do.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2001