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About the Movie
Jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and his daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) battle insurmountable odds in seedy 1970s Los Angeles in this compassionate and compelling story of the unwavering love between a father and a daughter.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 47
- Fresh: 24
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This movie from Jeff Preiss is a stream of recollections, but the late-afternoon-light grain of its Super 16-millimeter camerawork and the gestures of warmth between its characters perhaps say more than any rise-and-fall might.
Fresh: A lovely film that brings great emotion and a dead-on feeling for time, place and recaptured mood to a story that is as universal as it is personal.
Rotten: Preiss soaks his movie in a brownish retro atmosphere, which helps smooth over the many dull spots, but only briefly.
Rotten: The story is familiar, the screenplay never explains the demons that drove Joe Albany to trash his talent, and the life of a reckless junkie eventually grows tedious.
Elle Fanning is Amazing in this film
The film is a real indi film with great acting. Elle Fanning is amazing though and though.
Emotionally sensitive. Conveys a deep understanding of the relationship between father and daughter. Extremely well written and directed.
An excellent film for film lovers
Flawless casting, atmospheric, Elle Fanning has really come into her own since that fluffy Sophia Coppola film she was in a few years ago. Photography is intimate and beautiful, the vintage Kodak film quality perfectly captures the era. I remember seeing homes and apartments like these when I was growing up, the production design is right on. A perfect snapshot of the forgotten people who live in Hollywood. I loved this film. Definitely an actor's showcase. John Hawkes gets better and better. Glenn Close really nails it. Flea is good, too. And Caleb…he's a movie star even in these small roles.