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777 Ratings

Lucky

Directed by John Carroll Lynch
United States, 2017
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, 90-year-old atheist Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life. He therefore embarks into a journey of self exploration, one leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Our take

Reflecting on ageing while celebrating life through carefree humor, Lucky sees the late Harry Dean Stanton in his first leading role since Wenders’ Paris, Texas. A moving love letter to one of America’s great character actors, starring his friend (and longtime collaborator!) David Lynch.

Lucky Directed by John Carroll Lynch
It’s amazing that this film gets away with as many contradictions as it does. It stays remarkably light and buoyant for a film that keeps pondering mortality, subjectivity, and “the void”, and then throws in a metaphorical Garden of Eden just for good measure. And it maintains grave serious even as its view of a small town in the American southwest is atilt with comic eccentricity.
October 17, 2017
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If you’ve never gotten enough of Stanton – if you’ve always been happy whenever he shows up in something – then please see Lucky. He has moments as good as anything he’s ever done. Because it never seems like he’s acting. It never DID seem like he was acting. Beautiful film.
October 12, 2017
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I’ve seen a lot of movies that try to be Lucky… but very few that have this film’s elegant shape, its sense of when to hang back and listen and when to let the camera tell the story and when to end a thought and move on to the next one. It’s the humblest deep movie of recent years, a work in the same vein as American marginalia like Stranger Than Paradise and Trees Lounge, but with its own rhythm and color, its own emotional temperature, its own reasons for revealing and concealing things.
September 29, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Lucky

    "Harry Dean Stanton is...", the opening credits say right before the title, thus conferring upon one of our humblest players a level of star identity usually reserved for a Schwarzenneger or a Stallone. A lovely farewell, amazingly light considering its philosophical pretensions, and amazingly grave considering its whimsy. The final eye contact broke my heart. Bonus: David Lynch as a man obsessed with a tortoise.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Lucky

    An exemplay film in terms of its awareness of limits and scope. Tenaciously building Lucky's character (a memorable performance by Stanton) and intelligently portraying the bar's nocturnal milieu of thymosophia, it enters subtle moments of Lynchian surrealism and even more impressively at the end indulges itself in apt theological icons, which resonate with the same calm realism of its main protagonist. Wry and wise.

  • lbunuel's rating of the film Lucky

    It relies on the audience's condescension towards an almost unbearable amount of well-intentioned but shallow narrative & aesthetic choices (the film's "poetic" bits border on self-parody) while hoping to achieve some kind of redemption in the figure of Stanton, the film's only raison d'etre. Well, Stanton is, as always, an enchanting guy.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Lucky

    D'une émouvante et confondante simplicité dans l'interprétation qui baguenaude discrètement du côté d'une nonchalante autobiographie à peine esquissée, Harry Dean Stanton nous laisse, au bout du chemin d'une impressionnante filmographie, sa fragile et nonchalante présence restée inoubliable et lumineuse, durablement... www.cinefiches.com

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Lucky

    A loving farewell to the late Harry Dean Stanton, "Lucky" isn't extraordinary, but faces the eminence of Death right in the face, featuring a leading character/actor with whom you quickly sympathise... plus a city, people and a feeling of existencial dread we've seen many times pictured in films about rural America. The monologue at the bar near the end was superb.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Lucky

    Digital. The "Americana" after "Paris,Texas" found a different time, a more distensive and contemplative one, based on some memories, of the characters' diegetics and of cinema's history. Here there's an important element of it, its protagonist - in fact, the same of the mentioned film, "et par cause", of both memories -, but not a look that could move from this pleasant subservience.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film Lucky

    [Porto/Post/Doc'17] More than a wonderful story, a wonderful homage to Harry. I don't think I ever felt so much empathy for a character so quickly. And to know he was just being himself for most of it just breaks my heart. He's so fragile but with every single "I-don't-give-a-fuck" still left in him. He makes you laugh & cry at the same time. I hope you're still smoking your cigarette & kickin ass, wherever you are.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Lucky

    This will stand as Harry Dean Stanton's swan song cementing a long standing reputation as one of the great character actors with this rare leading man role. This lived-in yet deep performance eclipses the issues with the movie surrounding him. John Carroll Lynch, a character actor himself, in his debut directorial effort struggles with editing and scripting choices making it a film of theatrical scenes.

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