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Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 7 March 2008 (USA)
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Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city.

Director:

Barry Jenkins

Writer:

Barry Jenkins
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wyatt Cenac ... Micah
Tracey Heggins Tracey Heggins ... Jo'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Acker Elizabeth Acker ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Melissa Bisagni ... Cassandra Jay
DeMorge Brown DeMorge Brown ... MOAD Voice
Powell DeGrange Powell DeGrange ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Chida Emeka Chida Emeka ... Housing Rights Committee Member
John Friedberg John Friedberg ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Dana Julius Dana Julius ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Ondine Kilker Ondine Kilker ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Erin Klenow Erin Klenow ... Museum Staffer
Phoebe Chi Ching Kwok Phoebe Chi Ching Kwok ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Tommi Avicolli Mecca Tommi Avicolli Mecca ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Adam Moskowitz Adam Moskowitz ... Housing Rights Committee Member
Jennifer Sanchez Jennifer Sanchez ... Housing Rights Committee Member
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Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A night they barely remember becomes a day they'll never forget.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Medicina para la melancolía See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,625, 1 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$110,869, 19 April 2009
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Strike Anywhere,Bandry See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shortly after completing the film, a friend suggested to writer/director Barry Jenkins to watch Damien Chazelle's film Guy and Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) given it was another black and white contemporary film gaining momentum among the indie circuit. Ironically, a friend of Damien Chazelle's told him to watch Medicine for Melancholy (2008) shortly after completing his film. Both directors were up for several Academy Awards in 2017 for their films Moonlight (2016) and La La Land (2016) respectively and only discovered this after speaking to one another during The Hollywood Report's Oscar's Roundtable. See more »

Crazy Credits

Each song in the soundtrack appears in the credits with a still frame from the part of the movie where it was used. See more »

Connections

References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight Was A Disaster
Written by Owen Ashworth
Performed by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone with The Donkeys
Courtesy of Daytrotter Media LLC
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Elagant, Intelligent and Powerful
13 March 2009 | by matty03See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to view this film. I knew it had been filmed here in San Francisco and had won some praise. And, I knew it was low-budget/indie.

However, nothing prepared me for the beauty and quiet power of this film. Aside from the painfully beautiful and realistic performances of the two actors and the story of a stretched out one night stand is something that more than a few of us can relate to/with --- what really makes this film stand out for me is the artistic use of editing and cinematography.

The director has created a sharp and tightly made film. Not in color and not in black and white -- the film really sparkles by use of some form of muted visual effect that works on multiple levels considering the story, emotions, actions and lives of the two characters. The editing is perfect -- creating a pace which is both natural and urgent all at once.

I found this film to be close to perfect and elegant.

I suspect we will see a number of indie filmmakers attempt to copy the style of this film.

How refreshing to see a truly original film which never falls back on cliché or indie film tricks.

I also found the use of San Francisco to be quite clever. The city acts as not only a sort of symbol for various aspects of the characters and their relationship but almost as a third character hovering in every single scene.

This is movie not to be missed!


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