Area Theatrical Premiere September 21–23
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(2012) dir So Yong Kim w/Paul Dano, Saylena Mandingo, Jon Heder [94 min]
A tour-de-force performance by Paul Dano (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, Ruby Sparks) as an aspiring rocker at a turning point anchors this quiet, moving film. Director So Yong Kim (Treeless Mountain) puts Dano at the unequivocal center of the film as Joby, a musician on the verge of either breaking big or completely washing out – the open possibility of either outcome provides much of the tension in the story. Joby is in the midst of a divorce from a woman with whom he has a daughter, Ellen, that he has never met. We meet him as he is en route to a wintery, rural town to sign the papers. Joby insists on meeting his daughter before finalizing the divorce but the law, the mother, and his own bad attitude stand in his way. A fascinating character study of a man on the edge that never slips into melodrama or tragedy but balances gently in a naturalist mode.
“Paul Dano’s best performance yet… Kim’s delicate feature takes the conventional deadbeat dad formula and rejuvenates it by letting Dano’s naturalistic performance lead the way.” –Eric Kohn, Indiewire