Monday, April 13, 2009

Medicine for Melancholy

QuicktimeMedicine for Melancholy is a modest movie about a protracted one-night stand in San Francisco between two very pretty but mis-matched young people. It may be a prime example of the mumblecore genre. For a local like me, much of the fun lies in recognizing the clearly identifiable neighborhoods & streets. For instance, we can see that Micah's apartment overlooks the Angel Cafe in the Tenderloin. Immediately following the Saturday, 7:00pm screening I saw at the Roxie, the director Barry Jenkins made an appearance & warmly talked about himself & his movie to an interested audience of about a dozen. It was very surprising to learn that the beautiful burst of color in the final shot was not originally intended but was instead the result of a digital processing error that the production team was never able to fix.

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