The Philadelphia Film Society hosted a screening of the film that opened this year’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, at World Café Live in University City. That’s right, folks – our screenings aren’t just for movie theaters anymore!
Starring New Zealand native and consummate supporting actress Melanie Lynskey in her best starring role in over a decade since her breakout performance at the age of 17 opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, this film tells the story of Amy, a recent divorcee who moves back in with her parents and sparks up an affair with the 19 year old son of one of her father’s clients. She leads a cast that also features Martha Marcy May Marlene actor Christopher Abbott, who also stars in HBO’s hit show from Lena Dunham “Girls,” and Blythe Danner of the Meet the Parents franchise as Amy’s mother.
If Melanie’s name doesn’t ring a bell, I’m pretty sure you’d recognize her from her roles in Coyote Ugly, Sweet Home Alabama, and Up In The Air, but some of my favorite roles of hers include Hilary from But I’m A Cheerleader and Beth from Detroit Rock City. Though she only boasted some minor roles in those films, she certainly holds her own in HELLO I MUST BE GOING as she handles the balance of comedic and the tragic aspects of this modern, unconventional story of a woman extremely well. While some parts of the story didn’t work for me, I enjoyed the character’s love of Marx Brothers’ films Lynskey’s endearing performance very much and was thoroughly entertained by this film and am sure you will be as well!
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