Blue Jay


Blue Jay

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Former high school sweethearts Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson) have been out of touch for more than 20 years - but by sheer coincidence, they run into each other at a grocery store back in their alpine hometown of Crestline, California. Jim's mother has died and he's here to put her house on the market. Amanda is visiting her pregnant sister. They get to talking, first over coffee, then over beer and jellybeans. Before they know it they're at Jim's mother's house, where everything sends them spiraling back into the past. Jim and Amanda's lives have taken different directions, yet here they are, reconnecting like nothing has changed. Alex Lehmann's feature debut is a tender, wise chamber drama about finding yourself adrift in mid-life, longing for something essential that you fear has been lost.


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  • If the first hour or so of "Blue Jay" were anywhere near as compelling as its last 15 minutes, the film could have proved quite a special little experience.

    Oct 13, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A gentle, genuine trip down memory lane that features one of our best actresses in the kind of role she doesn't get to play that often.

    Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's to the credit of both the movie and its stars that the easy sense of naturalism isn't undone by the eventual revelations. These people are believable, and so are their conversations, and so is their shared past.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

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  • Blue Jay is wistful and beautifully acted until the moment Amanda produces an unsent letter from Jim that she has discovered among the piles of old clothes and keepsakes. Nostalgia gives way to melodrama.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Paulson is way overdue for a lead role, and though Blue Jay is minor fare ... it's a great vehicle for her to run up and down the emotional scale without breaking a sweat.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    Top Critic
  • Though the film largely trains on the simple, dialogue-fueled interaction of two people, it feels more spectacular than theatrical, showcasing the acting prowess of two master performers feeding on mutual chemistry and performative bravado.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blue Jay

  • Dec 04, 2018
    Incredible film and easily one of the best indie films of that year. Blue Jay benefits from raw performances and those final 15 minutes are tough to watch. Duplass and Paulson are incredible actors, but combining their talents with a filmmaker who has an eye for true performance, is just amazing. The film is beautiful to look at and it is one of those rare films that sneaks up on you, I wished I seen this on release. Believe the hype on this film, it is amazing and further evidence of the stars actng abilities. Treat this as performance art as the cast didn't have a script to work from, the more rewarding part of this film is knowing that. Great film. 05/12/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2017
    Bored the living crap out of me. I normally like b&w and indie films but this... who the hell meets up with an ex, spends all day with them while they?ve got groceries going bad in the car and indulges in fantasy sequences and bad rapping. And don't even get me started on the dramatic reveal. Oh please. How many times do we have to watch that storyline.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2017
    What is most incredible in this profoundly sensitive, mature drama is that there is no script and the wonderful dialogue is entirely improvised, while Duplass and Paulson have such an amazing chemistry together that everything their characters tell each other sounds so real and painful.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2016
    A precious jewel box of a movie. Duplass is very good but Paulson really shines in this improvised two-hander of lost love briefly found and then lost forever,. Very moving and very funny. One of the best movie of 2016 and hardly anyone has seen it. (NF 12-7-16)
    John C Super Reviewer

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