The Guitar (2008)



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A doomed woman discovers her creative spirit during a final fling with life in this independent drama. Melody Wilder (Saffron Burrows) is already having a bad day when she visits her doctor about a troubling lump in her throat -- her boyfriend has left her, and she's lost her job. However, this news pales in comparison to what her doctor (Janeane Garofalo) has to say: the lump is an inoperable cancer, and Melody has only a short time to live. Throwing caution to the wind, Melody rents a huge, … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and some language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Amos Poe, Gillian Horvath
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 10, 2009
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Critic Reviews for The Guitar

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

The Guitar is a lark, at best, but when Burrows' healing indulgence extends to taking on lovers of both sexes, its goofiness acquires a certain hedonistic charm.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] bizarre art-house equiva lent of The Bucket Lisy.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
New York Post
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That the movie is easy on the eyes (Melody's fetching silhouette against those sunset river views) doesn't make it any less bogus.

November 7, 2008
New York Times
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Some new directors often opt for minimalism in the hope that less is more. This doesn't work for Amy Redford (Robert's daughter), who transitions from actress to filmmaker with The Guitar.

Full Review… | November 6, 2008
New York Daily News
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The movie has more clichéd rebirths in mind, and you'll resent where it goes.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Time Out
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Written by Amos Poe and directed with moxie by Amy Redford, it's the ultimate movie about optimism.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for The Guitar

Well, here ya go. This would be me in a nut shell if I found out that I only had 30-60 days left to live.....that is, if I didn't have kids and a husband that would have to inherit my debt. This girl totally decided to live out her dream before it was too late. I can't even imagine a better way to go out. Nice little twist there at the end. It probably doesn't hurt that I am a sucker for a decent music inspired film.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


What would you do if on the same day you get laid off, your boyfriend decides to dump you and you are told you have cancer and only a month or two to live?

This movie presents one response. Makes you think.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

I thought that The Guitar was a pretty swell movie. I usually hate movies about people who suddenly find out that they're dying, and then finally start to live their lives when their lives are about to be taken from them. But The Guitar handles this kind of a story in an organic, modernistic manner that doesn't rely on sappiness or melodrama to connect the audience to the protagonist.

Saffron Burrows does a marvelous job. Her facial expressions almost tell the story well enough to preclude any dialogue on her part. There are other fine acting jobs here, but they all drift on the periphery of Saffron's excellent performance.

It's nice to find a movie from time to time that I like despite my reservations. I'm not the kind of guy who would typically be interested in this genre of movie, but The Guitar was more than enough to get me to overlook that particular bias.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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