Preview by: Jack Foley
IT'S been described as 'an understated pleasure' by the organisers
of The London Film Festival, which is exactly what Lonesome Jim
promises to be.
Directed by Steve Buscemi, this character-driven story is said
to exude low-key charm as it follows the fortunes of melancholic,
would-be writer Jim (Casey Affleck), as he returns to his family
home in America's rural Midwest having failed to make a go of
things in New York.
Upon returning, Jim is too quickly remembers why he left, having
been forced to contend with an overly doting mother (Mary Kay
Place), a distant father (Seymour Cassell) and a depressive brother
But when his brother is laid up after
a car accident, Jim finds himself guilt-tripped into taking over
his duties, at work, in the family factory and as coach to the
local girls' basketball team.
His only form of respite and comfort comes in the form of a
kind nurse, played by Liv Tyler, who strikes up an unlikely relationship
But asking Jim to stop drifting and make some commitment is ahuge
task and something that propels the film forward.
Lonesome Jim marks Buscemi's third film as director and is said
to be his best yet.
It is showing at the film festival on October 27 and 28 and could
well be one of the understated highlights.
Don't let it get overlooked by some of the bigger films on show!