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Song One

Studio: Cinedigm / Film Arcade
Directed by Kate Barker-Froyland

Jan 20, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent
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A young, aspiring songwriter is struck by a taxi and falls into a coma. His estranged sister Franny (Anne Hathaway) returns home to spend time with their grief-stricken mother (Mary Steenburgen); while there, she discovers a demo intended for his favorite singer. Franny tracks the musician down to give him her brother’s song, and the two spark an immediate connection.

Kate Barker-Froyland’s musical melodrama isn’t particularly deep in the dramatic department, but hits a few key notes when it comes to its music. Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice provided the film’s original songs, which are woven into the narrative seamlessly alongside on-screen performances from artists including Sharon Van Etten, The Felice Brtohers, and Dan Deacon. Also worth noting: the life and world of the modestly successful indie musician portrayed in Song One rings genuine, which is a welcome change from the clichéd indie-type characters we see over and over again.

Author rating: 5/10

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