Irish Film Institute -LUCKY



88 mins, USA, 2017, Digital

This film was released 14th September 2018, and is no longer screening.

Versatile actor John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial début with this leisurely portrait of the titular character, played by the late, great Harry Dean Stanton.

A prickly individual with a low tolerance for inanity, Lucky adheres to a strict daily routine that balances precious time alone spent watching selected gameshows with social interactions in his local diner and bar. However, a fall forces Lucky to consider his life and mortality. The pleasure of the film lies in its observation of small moments, from a remarkable scene with Tom Skerritt in which the two reminisce about their wartime experiences, to a truly joyous scene where Lucky breaks into song at a child’s birthday party.

Even with numerous notable cameos (including director David Lynch), the film belongs to Harry Dean Stanton, and is a fond and fitting farewell to a much-loved actor.

(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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