CCFF: Lucky is a tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton in LUCKY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
The best way to sum up Lucky is that it is a tribute to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton.
John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial debut with Lucky from a screenplay written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja. Stanton leads a cast that includes David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren, Barry Shabaka Henley, and Yvonne Huff Lee.
The performance by Stanton is one of the best I’ve seen this year and it wouldn’t be unfair to say that it should be one mentioned later this year when people start talking about awards season.  If Stanton doesn’t get a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination, I would be surprised.
Lucky follows Lucky (Stanton) and the people who live in his desert town. He’s 90 years old and not getting any younger. He’s very independent and doesn’t like the idea of assisted living. The film touches on themes such as mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
There are many funny scenes in this movie, including a scene featuring Lucky and Dr. Kneedler (Begley, Jr.).
Lucky premiered at SXSW Festival and Magnolia Pictures will distribute Lucky later this year.
UPDATE: A release date has been set for September 29, 2017 in New York and Los Angeles before starting to play elsewhere the following week.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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