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Low Down (2014)

Low Down

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 24, 2014 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

119 min.

Studio

Oscilloscope Pictures

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Jeff Preiss

Producer

Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Mindy Goldberg

Screenwriter

Topper Lilien, Amy Albany

Starring

Story


Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, "Low Down" is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly insurmountable odds.

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Elle Fanning stars as Amy Albany in Oscilloscope Pictures' Low Down (2014)
Elle Fanning stars as Amy Albany in Oscilloscope Pictures' Low Down (2014)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..though cast is strong even when the movie lags, they often feel like soloists doing their own thing next to each other - always melodic but never truly meshing..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
“..there are too many notes that, while not false, are neither satisfactorily resolved nor left interestingly unresolved..”
by Michael Nordine [Village Voice]
“..painstakingly re-creates the look and sound of the gritty life of jazz pianist and heroin addict Joe Albany in the 1960s and '70s, but can't find its rhythm..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]