Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam's residency and into Sam's mother's house in upscale Laurel Canyon. Only problem is, Sam's mother is still there, supposedly finishing up a record that she's producing for the band of her new boy toy, Ian. She seems more interested in smoking pot and drinking than actually working though. Alex doesn't mind but Sam is quite upset. Alex starts off focused on her work (finishing a dissertation on genomics), but is soon distracted by the rock-'n-roll lifestyle going on around her. Meanwhile, Sam is equally distracted by beautiful Israeli intern Sara.Written by
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The album-wrap party takes place in a suite on an upper floor of the Chateau Marmont (we see Ian order more champagne for the "penthouse suite", and the view from the balcony is clearly an upper floor). Yet when Sam storms out of the suite, then runs downstairs while arguing with Jane, they only descend one flight before reaching the lobby. There is a cut, but the dialog implies that no time was cut from their descent. See more »
I've just seen Laurel Canyon and I think it is a good movie. The main reason is because of the performances, especially from Christian Bale. He did an amazing job playing a character going through some sort of inner turmoil, of trying to confine his emotions. There are a lot of powerful scenes, I can't tell you them but look out for it. As a married man I understand the temptation he has to deal with.
Kate Beckinsale(sp?) also did a convincing job of a playing the awkwardness of a foreigner in an unknown and exciting place.
Francis Macdormand(sp?) What can I say, she is always amazing, and natural.
Alessandro Nivola is a young actor who you should keep an eye out for! His screen presence has everything that is needed to live an immortal live on the silver screen.
May alone dissatisfaction is with the films aesthetic direction. It just wasn't coherent. Just compare the first shot with the metaphysical and poetic last shot! Who is to blame, the director or the cinematographer
Overall, if your looking to see a film with great performances, an acting film, this is worth watching.
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