Detroit Film Theatre


MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY

Friday, February 13, 2009

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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(USA/2008—directed by Barry Jenkins)

In San Francisco, Micah (Wyatt Cenac) and Jo (Tracey Heggins) wake up in the unforgiving light of morning following a one-night stand. Micah tries to convince Jo to join him for breakfast, but she wastes no time in making it clear that what they had is what they had – and that’s all. Still, the intrigued Micah isn’t so easily put off, and he begins a search of the streets of San Francisco to try and track down his intriguing new acquaintance. One of the most genuinely charming urban romances in years, Barry Jenkins’ sweetly satisfying debut feature has a casual, unstaged, improvisational feel that so many independent filmmakers try valiantly to achieve, but that often proves elusive. Much of the credit for the film’s success also belongs to the wonderfully natural performances by Cenac and Heggins, as well as to San Francisco itself, which has been used as a setting in countless films, but rarely with such comfortably lived-in charm. This is a smart, sexy and sophisticated cinematic valentine. (88 min.)

“Some kind of wonderful. The rare film that is as thoughtful as it is sensual.” -Michael Fox, SF Weekly

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