Medicine For Melancholy (2008)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 2008.  Strike Anywhere, Bandry.  Screenplay by Barry Jenkins.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Film Editing by .  

The morning after two people meet at a raucous party and then spend the night together, they wake up to find themselves slightly jarred by the sobriety of morning light.  He () is still interested, while she () gives him a fake name and leaves before he has a chance to really find out about her. Thankfully, she leaves her wallet in his cab which allows him to find her at home and convince her to spend the weekend together. This quiet, simple charmer lacks the immediacy of emotion that it wants to portray—both actors are wonderfully appealing but don’t have a superb amount of chemistry between them—but it is sweet and endearing and the dialogue is excellent. The washed-out photography gives it an elegance, and the outstanding performances by the two leads carry the simple plotting along with ease.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2008

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