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Director: Marshall Lewy

Screenwriters: Marshall Lewy

Institute History

  • 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Lachlan MacAldonich is a self-described “lazy Scotsman” and former guitar player for a once-popular 1990s rock band. No longer famous, he now lives a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm outside Los Angeles. He drinks himself into a stupor every night and retires to his shabby apartment to record his podcast, recounting the tragic deaths of great musicians. After a particularly heavy night of drowning his sorrows at a local watering hole, he is arrested for driving under the influence. This snag, coupled with a long-ago conviction for a drug offense, means Lachlan faces possible deportation. His only hope of remaining stateside is proving that his absence would cause extreme hardship for a spouse or relative—forcing him to confront relationships he thought were buried forever.

Robert Carlyle injects equal amounts of washed-up rock star and winsome charm into the lead role of a lovable loser struggling with personal demons and an intractable legal system. In his eagerly awaited follow-up to 2007’s Blue State, writer/director Marshall Lewy paints an intimate portrait of human fallibility and the ever-present possibility of making things right, even from the darkest depths.

— A.M.

Screening Details

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