Love & Mercy
USA | 2014 | 119 minutes | Bill Pohlad
Love & Mercy presents a mesmerizing portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter, and leader of the Beach Boys. The film examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. Composer Atticus Ross scheduled to attend.
May 15, 2015
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|6:30 PM||Date has passed
Composer Atticus Ross scheduled to attend
May 16, 2015
AMC Pacific Place 11
|12:30 PM||Date has passed|
A conventional biopic of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys couldn’t hope to contain his complexities, so director Bill Pohlad examines two distinct periods in his life. Oren Moverman, who co-wrote I’m Not There, Todd Haynes’ shape-shifting portrait of Bob Dylan, and Michael A. Lerner build one half of the narrative around the Wilson of the 1960s (played by Paul Dano, Little Miss Sunshine) struggling to bring the sounds in his head to fruition while under the watchful eye of his abusive father-turned-manager, Murry (Bill Camp, 12 Years A Slave). Spurred by the success of the Beatles, Wilson pours everything he has into 1966’s “Pet Sounds.” By the 1980s, with his biggest hits behind him, Wilson (now played by John Cusack, High Fidelity) trades one authority figure for another when he falls under the sway of manipulative therapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti, Sideways). If Landy is a negative manifestation of his past, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks, Pitch Perfect), the Cadillac saleswoman with whom he falls in love, represents a more hopeful future. Pohlad cuts between the two eras, using one to comment on the other. Along the way, the film rescues Wilson from the myths that have swirled around him during the years he was out of the public eye, restoring his fundamental humanity.
Love & Mercy marks the second feature from Minneapolis financier Bill Pohlad, the president of River Road Entertainment. Pohlad has produced many notable films, including best picture winners Brokeback Mountain and 12 Years A Slave. His father, Carl Pohlad, owned the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise for 25 years.
Sponsored by W Seattle Hotel, AARP of Washington, KEXP 90.3 FM, EMP Museum
|Principal Cast:||John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Bill Camp|
|Running Time:||119 minutes|
|Producer:||Bill Pohlad, Claire Rudnick Polstein, John Wells|
|Screenplay:||Oren Moverman, Michael Alan Lerner|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|International Sales:||Roadside Attractions|