Oh Lucy!

NR, 95 minutes

 

OH LUCY! follows Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima, in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance), a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna, Deadpool 2), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). When John suddenly disappears from class, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in search of him, and in the outskirts of Southern California, family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.” (2017, Atsuko Hirayanagi, U.S./Japan, English/Japanese, 95mins, NR, DCP)

 

“A movie in which the human comedy is by turns tender, plaintive, heartfelt and joyful.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“There’s pleasingly little sentimentality and much honesty to be found in Hirayanagi’s screenplay, particularly in its acknowledgement that new experiences can make you lose, as much as broaden, your mind.” — Nikki Baughan, Screen International

“What distinguishes the movie is Hirayanagi’s talent for distilling complex emotional histories into crisp, eloquent images — a crowded drawer, a cluttered apartment — as well as Terajima’s performance as a downtrodden, defiant woman who never begs for the audience’s sympathy and winds up earning it anyway. Against all odds, you find yourself rooting for Setsuko, and for Lucy, too.” — Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

 


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