5.8/10
8,353
26 user 44 critic

Song One (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 22 January 2015 (Israel)
Trailer
1:50 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Anne Hathaway ... Franny
Mary Steenburgen ... Karen
Lola Kirke ... Rema
Johnny Flynn ... James Forester
Sarah Steele ... iPod autograph girl
Li Jun Li ... James Forester's Journalist
Kitty Crystal ... James' Friend (as Crystal Lonneberg)
Ben Rosenfield ... Henry
Shawn Parsons ... Roadie
Grace Rex ... Bride
Sharon Van Etten ... Herself
Gideon Glick ... Everett
Peter Francis James ... Neurosurgeon
Jessamine Kelley ... Tess
Emily McKinley Hill ... Henry's Friend
Edit

Storyline

Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn's music scene, Franny and James develop an unexpected relationship and face the realities of their lives. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Moment Can Change Everything

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2015 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Uma Vida See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,200, 23 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,250, 1 February 2015
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview, Anne Hathaway discusses listening to the song "Thank You For Nothing" from Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth & the Catapult to help her through a scene in Les Misérables (2012). In a scene in the subway, Anne's character records a woman playing the accordion. The woman is Elizabeth Ziman, of Elizabeth & the Catapult, and the song she's playing is an instrumental rendition of "Thank You For Nothing". See more »

Quotes

Franny: You know when you have a feeling that you don't want to fade away, but you don't really know how to keep it?
See more »

Soundtracks

Grand Bazaar
Written by Emir Isilay
Performed by Emir Isilay
Courtesy of One Over Three Music and Michael J. Mallen Songs
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Afraid of Heights
22 January 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Fresh off her Oscar winning performance and infamous on screen haircut in Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway stars in this infinitely smaller film from writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland. A Sundance Film Festival entry, the movie winds through the clubs, coffee shops and second hand stores that make up the indie music scene in northern Brooklyn.

Ben Rosenfield ("Boardwalk Empire") plays Henry, the kind of musician so enamored with his own folk sound that he is willing to play for pocket change in the subway tunnels. Failing to adhere to mother rule #1, Henry pays the price for not looking both ways prior to crossing a street in front of a New York cabbie. Next thing we know, he is comatose in a hospital bed. Henry's mom (Mary Steenburgen) beckons wayward daughter Franny (Anne Hathaway) home from her worldly pursuit of a Ph.d in Anthropology.

When last they spoke Franny and brother Henry had one of those nasty sibling fights where angry words were spoken and no apology followed. It's been six months and now a guilt-ridden Franny sits by his hospital bed hoping for a shot at redemption. She soon discovers Henry's journal and begins re-tracing his favorite hang-outs and bands. This journey leads her to a meeting with Henry's musical idol James Forester (played by Johnny Flynn). Lacking suspense, the story leads right where one would expect – James and Franny taking a liking to each other, Franny discovers her own love for music, and the songwriting block that has burdened James slowly breaks down.

The film is at its best in the musical moments. Flynn is a very talented guy as a musician (not so much as an actor), and 5 or 6 live musical acts make appearances as the story unfolds. Most of the quiet scenes between Hathaway and Flynn seem a bit awkward, but not awkward in the good way that leads to real romance. Connection and re-connection are quite common in times of tragedy, as we are at our most emotionally vulnerable state. The biggest issue here is that everything develops just as we would expect … no surprises, no twists. Even the re-connection of Franny and her mother is a sweet scene where Franny sings along to America's "I Need You".

Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley fame) and Jonathan Rice co-wrote the original songs used in the film, and as stated, a hand full of other bands perform their own material. For a musically based romantic drama, it does have a couple of really nice scenes, but for the most part, the drama and romance lag the music.


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed