Film Reviews: “Lovely, Still” (2008)

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Starring Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn

Robert Malone lives alone and it has been that way most of his long life. He wraps himself a Christmas gift and places it gently under the tree. What’s inside?
One day by chance he meets Mary. She asks “Would you like to have dinner with me tomorrow?” Words spoken so comfortably as if they’d been said before. The two bond and begin to fall in love. They always sit by the phone and wait for each other to call. They complete one another, take walks, and go sledding! Christmas morning comes and two begin to exchange gifts. Mary accidentally opens the gift Robert had wrapped for himself weeks prior. What’s inside?

“Lovely, Still” was in fact lovely, but incredibly somber in it’s brutal honesty. Watching Robert and Mary appreciate the little things in each other makes me hope to have someone in my ripe old age. There’s a lot of great humor to be found in this picture as well, coming from Robert’s young boss played by Adam Scott, who he goes to for “women advice.”
Martin Landau is spectacular in this. Not sure how he was overlooked by the Academy. First time director Nick Fackler has a bright future if he continues to put out quality like this.

3.5 out of 4.0 stars.

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