Greetings From Tim Buckley is a new film starring Imogen Poots, Penn Badgely and Norbert Leo Butz. This drama movie is a chronicle of the days that passed and led to Jeff Buckley’s performance in 1991. This performance is a tribute for his father: Tim Buckley. Greetings From Tim Buckley is directed by Dan Algrant. Check out some of the reviews for this new film below:
“Toronto Film Review for Greetings From Tim Buckley
The haunting generational story of rock legends Tim Buckley and his son Jeff, the first dead of an overdose at 28, the second drowned in a swimming accident at 30, is respectfully retold in Greetings from Tim Buckley. The attraction is Penn Badgley’s vibrant break-out performance as Jeff Buckley, who in the course of a tribute concert to his father comes to some kind of terms with his strong love-hate feelings for his father. Not just for fans, though there are of course an army of them, director Dan Algrant’s lyrical recreation of a father-son relationship seen over time, through memory and music, has a sense of urgent originality that works even apart from its great Tim Buckley score.
It’s a hard story to tell, though, since the two barely knew each other. Leaping forward from his two previous films, Naked in New York and People I Know, Algrant and his co-scriptersEmma Sheanshang and David Brendel find a smart solution by setting the action during a 1991 tribute concert to Tim in St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn, with flashbacks to his heyday in the Sixties. The spotlight, however, is on the then-unknown Jeff, a natural raw talent waiting to explode.
In California, Jeff gets a call from the New York concert organizer, asking him to attend the tribute to his father, “Greetings from Tim Buckley.” Whether he’ll get to perform himself will be decided later. At rehearsals in Brooklyn, he hooks up with Allie (Imogen Poots), a pretty singer working as a concert intern or, as he dubs her, a “slave.” He’s just the opposite, pulling her out of the office and down the street like a magnet. His extraordinary musical gift is first unveiled when he gives an impromptu performance in a record store, brilliantly imitating singers on the albums, and ending up in contortions on the floor in front of the bemused customers.
But this is just his happy, funny, uninhibited side; Jeff’s sad side and the issues he carries around with him are a dark under-current. It doesn’t help that everyone keeps exclaiming how much he looks like Tim. When a musician who knew his father reveals that Tim would sneak into Jeff’s house at night to stare at the baby, he shrugs it off angrily.
Algrant keeps Jeff’s emotional work in the foreground as his romance with Allie playfully — and narratively, rather unnecessarily — advances. At one point during rehearsals, they suddenly take a long train trip to a town where Tim once lived, and Jeff seems profoundly shaken when he visits his boarded-up house. With the cool mischievousness and dark good looks of a young James Franco, Badgley has a seductive energy that always seems to be about to go someplace dangerous, but in this case Allie shakes him out of his mood and they return to New York.”
The rest of the review can be read at The Hollywood Reporter
Greetings From Tim Buckley is scheduled to have a limited release on May 3rd 2013.
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