Something has to be going on with this film, right? We can’t have something atrocious in the waits when writer-director Andrew Levitas gathers Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, and Jessica Brown Findlay for Lullaby — a feat that’s all the more impressive (and a film that’s all the more promising) when you learn it’s his debut.
This “life-affirming tale of family and love” — which, unsurprisingly, is said to be about “the power of life and the reconnections between loved ones” — centers on a man (Hedlund) forced to get back in touch with his estranged family after the father (Jenkins, I assume) removes his own life support. (It’s nearly impossible that Adams doesn’t play his sister, too.) Tell the story in long-form, and a mixture of emotions hit the audience accordingly.
That description’s a bit bland, but should this actually work as a drama about real, human characters — and all the complications that are bound to follow with that — a standard-issue logline won’t really mean anything in a couple of years’ time. I’d like to think most of the actors in play are smart enough to choose the right project, too; that’s the expectation I’ll have on Lullaby for the time being.
Ananta Productions and Avenue Pictures are behind the film, which will start shooting in June. No distributor is in place yet, but I imagine the list of on-board actors will get the negotiating parties into action.
Is this a cast and story that might lead to something effective?
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