THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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OH LUCY! (2017)


In this quirky little American-Japanese movie, the marvelous Shinobu Terajima plays a lonely middle-aged Tokyo office worker named Setsuko. The work is dreary, the office is dreary, life is dreary.  Things change when her niece Miko convinces her to finish taking the niece's classes in American English because she wants to drop out and doesn't want the money to go to waste.  The teacher, John (a perfect Josh Hartnett) is a tad unorthodox - he renames her "Lucy" when she arrives, gives her a blonde wig and teaches phrases like "Hey John!  What's up" complete with a high-five!  When Miko leaves suddenly for California with the teacher, Setsuko impulsively decides to jet off to Los Angeles and find him. He tells her sister, her niece's mom, (Kaho Minami),  who decides to go as well, looking for Miko.  Of course, when they get to L-A, they find that John is not as glamorous as he seemed in Tokyo - and Mika has already left him. He lives in a seedy part of town and can't pay his rent (the two women have to help him pay before he's evicted.  Suddenly Setsuko makes a semi-successful move on John in a car while he's teaching her how to drive and things really get confused.  Terajima is marvelous playing Setsuko, effectively shedding years from her portrayal when she feels her life has changed for the better because of her relationship with John. Just a wonderful, multilayered performance.  Oh Lucy is light and airy sometimes but there's a suicidal subtext running thru the film that makes you a little uncomfortable sometimes.  In selected theaters now in limited release. 


TLA one word review: bittersweet



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