Here and There (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Here and There
Deserves all the attention it can get.
Lungulov's touch is delicate, even piercingly so, and his direction of actors, especially Thornton and Karanovic, is beautifully nuanced.
In the end, the film has more than a few moments that linger: like slivovitz, it sneaks up on you.
The Here and There script is borderline clichéd, and it makes getting a US visa seem way too easy.
The big question isn't whether middle-aged romance will bloom, but rather, how much sub-Jarmusch deadpan humor and pathos can you take?
Audience Reviews for Here and There
Funny and charming. It is rare that I see a film with a character I really don't like and bit by bit come to love that person over the course of the film. Deftly drawn.
David Thornton plays a depressed, middle-aged 52 year old NYC jazz musician Robert who suffers from what might be called a musical version of writer's block, facing eviction from his fed up girlfriend. He strikes an unexpected deal with Serbian emigrant Branko who will pay him $5,000 if Robert goes to Belgrade and marries Branko's girlfriend Ivana (Jelena Mrdja), so that she can get a visa and move to New York City but then Branko's van is stolen. Robert finds himself marooned - unpaid, luggage less, and wearing another man's mismatched sweat suit - in Belgrade. Things begin to look up when he meets Olga, Branko's mother, a lovely and gracious divorcée, with whom Robert stays who just so happens to be fluent in English. Olga's charm ignites a spark of life in the dour Robert. Will Branko be able to replace his van and pay Robert? Who will Robert choose to bring to the Big Apple, Ivana or Olga? A bit of trivia for you: The score's title track was written for the film by Cyndi Lauper, who has a cameo and is Thornton's real-life wife.
This awkward, unusual indie drama caught me by surprise. Right from the start I was drawn in, and I'm not even sure why. It's very slow moving, and rather strange, but for some reason I was hooked. I have to say that I kind of liked it.....p.s. Cyndi Lauper has a minor role, and it appears the main character is her husband in real life.
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