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Lullaby (2014)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2014 (USA)
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A man estranged from his family receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off life support within forty-eight hours.

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Andrew Levitas

Writer:

Andrew Levitas
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garrett Hedlund ... Jonathan
Richard Jenkins ... Robert
Anne Archer ... Rachel
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Karen
Amy Adams ... Emily
Jessica Barden ... Meredith
Terrence Howard ... Doctor Crier
Jennifer Hudson ... Nurse Carrie
Zac Ballard Zac Ballard ... Nicholas
Frankie Shaw ... Janice
Daniel Sunjata ... Officer Ramirez
Danielle Kotch ... Helen
Miles Kath ... Young Jonathan
Maddie Corman ... Beth
Anne Vyalitsyna ... Brooke (as Anne V.)
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Storyline

A young man living in Los Angeles has been estranged from his wealthy New York family for years. One day, he suddenly receives word that his terminally ill father wishes to be taken off life support and has 36 hours to live. When he agrees to visit his father, he unintentionally sets up a family conflict with no easy resolution. Written by Anonymous

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What do you say when everything has been left unsaid?

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Drama

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Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Canção See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Annette Bening and Hailee Steinfeld were considered for various roles at the beginning of the production. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 42 mins) The life-support system is disconnected from the throat. Before and after that scene, it is on, and working. See more »

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Fall apart
written by Adam Cohen and Patrick Leonard
Performed by Garrett Hedlund
Produced by Patrick Leonard
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Very moving family drama
17 August 2014 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I first noticed Garrett Hedlund in On The Road, where I thought he was brilliant, in all senses of the word. The trailer for Lullaby also looked enticing. After watching the movie I can tell you that I don't regret my decision, I liked it very much, but it is not something that you can relax with or something that can be enjoyed at all times and by anyone.

The plot is simple: family patriarch is dying and the family gathers around him at this difficult moment. We get to understand each character, mostly Hedlund's though, and their interaction. Courageous bald cancer girl and ex-girlfriend clichés are also present to further the story.

People have talked about the length of the film and, indeed, to witness human uncomfortable suffering for two hours felt a little too much. However all actors played well, except maybe Jessica Brown Findlay, but she is just beginning, cut her some slack; the script was very nice and I could find no real flaws in the direction or other production values. Maybe bracing through two hours of good film is not so bad after all, is it?

My personal take from the movie is that people always expect something from you and when they have nothing to lose, like when they are dying or are overwhelmed by pain, they actually demand it. I am still not convinced that being annoyed rather than involved is the bad thing to do. It makes for a good movie to get involved, I guess.

Bottom line: watch out for Garrett Hedlund, he will be rising. The movie was great, but watch it when you are in the mood for consistent emotional dramatic tension, not at breakfast before you get to work. i think it is also cathartic for people who lost or are going to lose somebody soon. And Richard Jenkins is always good in the role of the dying or dead father, isn't he? :)


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