Big Sur is an upcoming film that stars Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell and Kate Bosworth. This new drama is the recounting of Jack Kerouac’s story after the recent success of On the Road and how he is unable to cope with the sudden demand and his rise in popularity. Aside from this, he is also battling with advanced alcoholism as a result. Big Sur follows his journey as he seeks solitude in three brief sojourns to a cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur. Check out the latest buzz on this new film below:
“Big Sur: A Poetic Take to The Work of An Author who Defined the Beat Generation
Big Sur achieves one of the trickier challenges in cinema, dramatising the inner demons of a character awash in melancholy and addiction. This unapologetic mood piece from writer-director Michael Polish, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac, does a fine job of making inertia and self-doubt palpable while keeping pretentiousness and self-indulgence at bay. Aided by a brief running time and sympathetic performances, Big Sur means to be an elegy for Kerouac’s Beat Generation, and as such it’s a film suffused with sadness.
Kerouac has been a frequent figure at the movies of late thanks to the Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl and the recent adaptation of On The Road. (If that wasn’t enough, he’s also a character in the forthcoming Kill Your Darlings, which like Big Sur premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.) Big Sur is simply too small and idiosyncratic to attract a large audience, but the author’s fans should be suitably intrigued by this impressionistic portrait.
Jean-Marc Barr plays Kerouac, who in the early ‘60s decided to spend some time in Big Sur, California, hoping to reawaken his muse. Hailed as a leader in a creative renaissance that spoke out against American conformity in the 1950s, Kerouac now simply feels adrift, pursuing a romantic fling with Billie (Kate Bosworth), the mistress of his dear friend Neal Cassady (Josh Lucas), and diving deeper and deeper into alcoholism.
Polish (Northfork, Twin Falls Idaho) is a filmmaker interested in concocting ethereal, dreamlike worlds, and with the help of his long-time cinematographer M. David Mullen, Big Sur mirrors the boozy melancholy eating away at its protagonist. With a narrative powered largely by Kerouac’s voiceover reading of the book he’s working on, the movie is less a character piece than it is episodic glimpses inside debilitating ennui and hopelessness.
The risk, of course, is that such a strategy will result in a lethargic, navel-gazing study of morose self-pity, but Polish largely overcomes such concerns by utilizing a spare shooting style that in its simplicity underscores the depth of Kerouac’s despair. Mullen gives the Big Sur locations a quiet grandeur, the Pacific Ocean constantly in the frame, suggesting a place at the end of the world. And Polish utilizes stirringly emotive instrumental tracks from Bryce and Aaron Dessner, leaders of the Brooklyn-based indie rock band the National, to further weave a spell of eternal sadness.”
The rest of the article can be read at Screen Daily.
Big Sur is directed by Michael Polish and is scheduled to be released on November 1st 2013.
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