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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.

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Barry Jenkins

Writer:

Barry Jenkins
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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:

Lek protiv melanholije See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,625, 1 February 2009

Gross USA:

$111,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,551
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Strike Anywhere, Bandry See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Made on a budget of $13,000. See more »

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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 »


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Shake, Shake, Shake
Written and Performed by White Denim
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One night stands lead to profound connections
7 December 2009 | by alison-jasonidesSee all my reviews

The premise of a man and woman rushing through all the phases of falling in love in one twenty-four hour period with the backdrop of a great city is a popular one. Nonetheless, it is a formula I never tire of, especially given the three main characters of "Medicine for Melancholy": Micah, Jo and the city of San Francisco. An awkward introduction in the light of day after a drunken one-night stand leads to an inauspicious "date" spent biking and cabbing around San Francisco. Unlike the relentless (but entertaining) dialogue of the Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy characters in "Before Sunrise," or the charming tension between the mis-matched and ill-fated Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday," the couple in "MFM" spend long moments of non-verbal connecting that is tinged by an overt sadness. This melancholy is confirmed by the sad dog eyes of Micah, the initially cold reaction of Jo and the lovely washed out hues of James Laxton's cinematography as he records the events of the single day shared by the couple. This movie is not driven by a narrative per se but by a series of moments that show a real emotional ballast many cinematic long-term relationships could not convey. Yet, the inevitability of the day's end and thus of the relationship's (mirrored by the fate of the city itself as it succumbs to a gentrified, character-less version of its fabled self), create a longing I felt hours after the movie ended. The soundtrack certainly contributed.


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