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Big Sur (2013)

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A recounting of Jack Kerouac's three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur owned by his friend, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Director:

Michael Polish

Writers:

Michael Polish (screenplay), Jack Kerouac (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marc Barr ... Jack Kerouac
Kate Bosworth ... Billie
Josh Lucas ... Neal Cassady
Radha Mitchell ... Carolyn Cassady
Anthony Edwards ... Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Balthazar Getty ... Michael McClure
Patrick Fischler ... Lew Welch
Stana Katic ... Lenora
Henry Thomas ... Philip Whalen
John Robinson ... Paul Smith
Jasper Polish ... Vulture Girl
Vanessa Ross ... Lady Dining
Richard Conti ... Cabbie
Natasha Goss ... Party Girl
Jeffrey T Ferguson ... Bar Patron
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Storyline

Sudden fame and a self-destructive lifestyle were taking a toll on Jack Kerouac's mind and body following the unparalleled success of the groundbreaking novel, On The Road. Once the handsome literary maverick and hero of the Beat Generation, Kerouac now sees only a vestige of his former self, ravaged by alcohol and drugs, aged beyond his years and tormented by self-doubt. Questioning his talent, his faith, and his mortality, Kerouac leaves New York for California, on a quest for redemption at an isolated, fog-banked cabin in the primitive landscape of the Big Sur woods. What ensues in those fateful 3 weeks of August, 1960, is both terrifying and revelatory. While Kerouac is able to find beauty and elation in his surroundings, the dichotomy of his psyche renders him unable to face his demons alone. He sets off on a visceral collision course of paranoia, sex, delirium tremens, misery and madness. His desperation culminates in an intense, hallucinatory breakdown, but the duality of his ... Written by Anonymous

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Some souls never stop searching.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Művésztelep See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,835, 3 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,621, 15 November 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Jack is travelling in the car talking about alcohol you can see modern vehicles instead of 1950's cars. See more »

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Jack Kerouac: A man needs truth like a machine needs oil.
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More of a mood than a movie
17 June 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Jack Kerouac (Jean-Marc Barr) is almost 40, bored and jaded after his tremendously successful novel 'On the Road'. He leaves the overwhelming media attention for the isolation of Big Sur, California to regain his sanity. There is no booze, no drugs, and generally no people. After only 3 weeks, his boredom drove him mad and hitchhiking out of the cabin back to San Francisco where he spends his time drinking with friends. His friend Neal Cassady (Josh Lucas) has his wife Carolyn (Radha Mitchell), 3 kids, and mistress Billie (Kate Bosworth). When he goes back to the cabin, he is surrounded by a group of friends. After he goes back with Neal, he develops a relationship with Billie.

It is cinematic representation of the literary aimless midlife crisis of Big Sur. It has the overwhelming and constant stream of consciousness Kerouac narration. There is no story that is anything close to a traditional movie. This imparts more of a mood rather than an actual story. Jean-Marc Barr is a relative unknown away from Europe. It allows the Kerouac character to exist in a tired and empty state. If a bigger star played him, I think the audience could slip into wondering about the acting prowess of the star. Kerouac almost exists as a hole exerting no force on this movie, but Barr can turn it on if it's required.


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