While working on a documentary on his old neighborhood, a young film school graduate shifts the focus of his production onto the disappearance of a local resident and the strange characters... See full summary »
Sam Henry Kass
A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty ... See full summary »
Things aren't going so well for Tommy Basilio. He lost his job because he "borrowed" money from the register, his girlfriend left him for his boss and is now pregnant, and he can't find work because of the incident. His life revolves around the Trees Lounge, a neighborhood bar over which he lives, full of the colorful eccentrics one finds in such places, like the estranged husband, or the old boozer drinking himself to death. He drunkenly wanders through his life, still in love with his ex, desperate for some sort of meaning beyond the bar, some sort of meaning to his life. Written by
Gary Dickerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Steve Buscemi once was an actual ice cream truck driver on the streets where his character is shown driving such a truck. See more »
During the opening credits, an old man at the bar orders a large glass of liquor, filled with ice. In the next shot, there's no ice in the glass. However, this is a deliberate technique by the director to indicate the passing of time at Trees Lounge. See more »
Can you help you?
Yeah, I was in here last week, I left my number. I was just wondering if you found a mechanic yet.
No, not yet.
Because I'm available, I mean I know you're probably still looking at other possibilities but I can start anytime.
I remember you. Where's your car?
Yeah, when you drove away from here last week your car stalled out down the block, it took you 25 minutes to get it started.
I know, it's a piece of shit. But I've got it running pretty good now.
So how come ...
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WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM
Written by Ray Whitley (as R. Whitley)
Performed by Bill Deal and The Rhondels
Published by Twi-Low Music
Courtesy of Rep S Music Group/Jerry Ross Productions/Castle C.C. See more »
This semi-biographical tale centres around a down on his luck, yet charismatic bar fly, set on his way to self destruction. Buscemi'second self directed/penned feature is slower paced than some might expect. This in no way detracts from the overall brilliance and charm that trees lounge conveys. Tommy's character, while on the surface, demands both pity and sympathy. It's in his anti-heroic attributes ie. selfishness and callousness, that make the film so human and believable. American releases as passionate and warm as Trees Lounge do not come around as often anymore, with only The Station Agent coming close. So enjoy.
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