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MUSIC FROM ANOTHER ROOM

SYNOPSIS:
Danny (Jude Law) grew up believing he was destined to marry the girl he helped his doctor father deliver as a five year old. Twenty-five years later, Danny who has grown up in England, returns to his hometown and finds that fate delivers him to Anna and her offbeat family. Anna Swann (Gretchen Mol) resists Danny since she is dutifully engaged to the handsome and successful Eric (Jon Tenney), in a practical match. The whole family is affected by Danny – her blind sister Nina (Jennifer Tilly), cynical sister Karen (Martha Plimpton), big brother Bill (Jeremy Piven) and romantic, dramatic mother Grace (Brenda Blethyn) as he fights to prove that fate should never be messed with and passion should never be practical.

"Richly drawn characters and their complex lives are intricately woven in Music From Another Room, a delightful tapestry in which human emotions are the embroidery. With an insightful script that builds real and complex characters complete with quirks and human frailties, it is easy to get involved and absorbed in the lives of this rather unusual family. Central to and catalyst for all the action is Judy Law as Danny – every inch the star with his brooding, sultry good looks and magnetic persona. Law combines his assertive, provocative manner with a sensitivity that makes him a formidable romantic lead. Gretchen Mol is appealing as Anna – a mixture of Drew Barrymore/Anne Heche charm, and effective counterpart to Law. But stealing the limelight is the subplot that involves Jennifer Tilly as the blind sister Nina and her newly found admirer, Jesus the dishwasher, named after a bandleader. Tilly is astounding as the insecure daughter who lives in a vacuum of darkness. Her journey into a new world, guided by Jesus, is profoundly moving and stands out as one of the most unusual love affairs ever shown on film. Each sub plot brings an additional element to the story – from the aggressive Karen (Martha Plimpton is terrific) who promotes the theatre company, Women Without Dicks, the unstable, suicidal wife who fears infidelity and Brenda Blethyn’s romantic, melodramatic wife and mother, although Blethyn overacts a little here. Music From Another Room is a satisfying journey of discovery, a collision of different worlds in one family and an emotional tour de force that is moving, involving and uplifting."
Louise Keller

"Music from Another Room is a curious oddity of a film. In fact, there are two films at work here, and both try desperately to engage us, but only one succeeds in the process. Not that this is an especially bad film, it's merely forgettable and somewhat routine. From the moment the Law-Moll plot gets underway, we know exactly how it will end; there are no surprises. What IS surprising, however, is that both characters Moll has to pick from are equally simpering, so why bother? Law is an interesting actor, but lacks a sense of energy and charisma to make his character appealing, so it's easy to simply disbelieve that whole segment of the film. Where 'Music' comes alive, however, is through the performance of the wonderful Jennifer Tilly. For the first time in her career, she's not playing a sexually aggressive character, but someone with deeply human qualities. Tilly is surprisingly subtle and it's HER character that we're interested in, and HER transformation that ultimately wins our hearts - and approval. Gretchen Moll is the latest 'it' girl in Hollywood and is neither better nor worse than others who have come before her, while Brenda Blethyn's loud routine is getting tedious and repetitive [she's used to far better advantage in low key gems such as the upcoming Girls' Night]. Music from another Room is an aimless, pleasant enough comedy, which simply lacks the fire that the genre could do with. Simple and amiable, it's only a half-tuneful work."
Paul Fischer

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1
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MUSIC FROM ANOTHER ROOM (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Jude Law, Gretchen Mol, Jon Tenney, Jennifer Tilly, Martha Plimpton, Brenda Blethyn

DIRECTOR: Charlie Peters

PRODUCER: Brad Krevoy, Steve Stabler, Bradley Thomas, John Bertolli

SCRIPT: Charlie Peters

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Richard Crudo

EDITOR: Will Kaplan, C. Timothy O'Meara

MUSIC: Richard Gibbs

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Charles Breen

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: November 12, 1998







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