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Blue Jay (2016)

Unrated | | Drama | 11 October 2016 (USA)
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Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past.

Director:

Alex Lehmann

Writer:

Mark Duplass
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Cast overview:
Mark Duplass ... Jim
Sarah Paulson ... Amanda
Clu Gulager ... Waynie
James Andrews James Andrews ... Background
Harris Benbury Harris Benbury ... Background
Daniel Brooks Daniel Brooks ... Background
Mary Brooks Mary Brooks ... Background
Bill Greer Bill Greer ... Background
Cindy Greer Cindy Greer ... Background
Ana Iovine Ana Iovine ... Background
Leo Munoz Leo Munoz ... Background
Loretta Munoz Loretta Munoz ... Background
Brady Rice Brady Rice ... Background
Karen Rice Karen Rice ... Background
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Beginning - At first they seem very, awkward and of course they have nothing to say to each other, it's been years. They go out to get some coffee and they bond for a while, you start to see their friendship, Amanda seems reserved whilst Jim seems more forward and more talkative. It just happens that they both left their hometown, sort of symbolizes their fear of having to confront their past for years to come. But they both come back and happen to run into each other, just coincidental. Written by Isabel Aghahowa

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кафе 'Голубая сойка' See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,159, 9 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,159, 9 October 2016
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Filmed on a Canon camera without built-in recording or a built-in power source, that was created as an army or security camera. See more »

Quotes

Amanda: It's almost like I don't know who that person was on the tape
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Jim Cain
Written by Bill Callahan (as William Rahr Callahan)
Performed by Bill Callahan
Courtesy of Drag City
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Cafe Awkward
6 October 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Mark Duplass is the master of awkward. As a writer he excels in awkward encounters, awkward conversations, awkward situations … and awkward people. He can even create awkward out minimalism – two people in a simple and normal environment.

A bearded Mr. Duplass stars as Jim, a seemingly normal guy who has returned to his small hometown to pack up his mother's house after her passing. While at the local market, he bumps into his old high school sweetheart Amanda, played by Sarah Paulson, who just happens to be in town visiting her expectant sister. Their awkward grocery aisle reunion leads to a very unusual … and yes, awkward … evening.

First time director Alexandre Lehmann uses his extensive experience as a cinematographer, and a black & white motif, to create a beautifully filmed story that is both simple and layered. Only one other actor appears in the movie … one scene with the great Clu Galager ("The Virginian", The Last Picture Show) as a local merchant who provides a link to the past for Amanda and Jim. The bulk of the time is spent in Jim's mother's house – a literal time capsule that allows for reminiscing for the two former lovers.

Amongst the old familiar clothes, photos, letters, books and audio tapes, Jim and Amanda somehow progress to a bizarre form of role playing/play acting as if they had married young and were now celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. You guessed it … awkward. Dinner, dancing, acting silly, jelly beans, Annie Lennox and cutting loose leads them to an awkward bedroom encounter. This moment finally produces an explosion of emotion which uncovers the long-buried source of their break-up … shutting down their fantasy game of recapturing the past.

It would be pretty easy to compare the film to Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995) or Before Sunset (2004), and though it has more in common with the latter, this one comes across more raw and melancholy than those more celebrated films. We never once doubt this situation could play out, but the only word to describe two former lovers exploring "what could have been" is … awkward. It's a captivating movie to watch and yet another feather in the cap of Duplass Productions.


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