What a happy surprise this film was when I popped it into my deck. Usually when I pick a random indie film I regret it. Occasionally it pays off as it did with this wonderful, largely unknown gem. HARD LUCK is the kind of film Hollywood had the balls to make 30 years ago. It reminded me of some of the best 70's deterministic character-driven films like FIVE EASY PIECES (it even has Karen Black in a wonderful cameo!) BADLANDS or THE GAMBLER. Kirk Harris is beautifully understated in the ironically named character "Lucky". His humanistic and yet self-destructive decisions are heartbreaking. The film is very low-budget. Unfortunately, with the advent of the "block buster Independent" consuming the alternative distribution market, this type of film can only be made on the outer margins of the "un-dependent" world. Highly recommended.
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