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NO LOOKING BACK

SYNOPSIS:
For Claudia (Lauren Holly), life in her seaside hometown is comfortable but unexciting. Her relationship with live-in boyfriend Michael (Jon Bon Jovi) has settled into a routine...and, although they're engaged, there's no ring on her finger. But they’re comfortable with each other. They go to the local bar after work. They hang out with friends. Nothing much…. Then Claudia's old flame Charlie (Edward Burns) blows back into town and into her life and Claudia must make a choice to follow her dreams. She just has to figure out what they are.

"Writer, director and star Edward Burns shows great insight and perception in No Looking Back, a beautifully crafted human drama about dreams. Weighted by the all-important little things that make the characters and the small town environment so very real, the script is a mature work tinged with nuance and showcased by superb performances. The pub is the community's heartbeat, and it's there that everyone's life is on display and revealed. These scenes are compelling as observation of the human condition. The pace is unhurried, the mood reflective, the journey satisfying. It's a subtle work and Burns has coloured his characters and rounded them out with strengths and weaknesses that are not only easily recognisable but endearing. The three lead characters are the antithesis of each other - Burns uses his Richard Gere-like charm, Jon Bon Jovi is disarmingly appealing, while Lauren Holly gets her teeth into her best role to date. Holly brings multi-layered subtlety to her gal at the cross roads, whose heart is in the clouds, her head on the ground. She manages just the right mix of virtue, dissatisfaction and longing. No Looking Back is a detailed exploration of dreams and making choices. Music is used for editorial comment throughout to great effect, with Springsteen tunes, Sheryl Crowe's haunting Home and Patti Scialfa's I'm a Big Girl Now. Perhaps deserving of a more inspiring title, this delightful gentle yet powerful film canvasses life's choices, parents' influences, recognising aspirations and working out how to satisfy them. It also is another notch in the belt of Burns, a talent going places."
Louise Keller

"This is one of those inconsequential films that has some pleasurable moments, nice sequences and consistent performances, but ultimately remains forgettable, moments after its conclusion. It's not that it’s a bad film, just an awfully bland one. Edward Burns seemed destined for great things when his Brothers McMullen did so well, but his work has become self-conscious, from his forced writing style to his obvious delineation of character. Having done a forceful character drama with Brothers, his latest film lacks the spark and energy of his debut; it's as if he has become safe in his directorial domain. Therefore, No Looking Back, which has its moments of quiet charm, lacks the vivid dramatic structure that categorised his first film. Performances are varied. Holly has a sweet demeanour and enjoys some fine moments, but lacks the dramatic centre to carry this film, while Burns the actor is as self-conscious as his direction. Bon Jovi's naturalism is always an appealing trait. Frank Prinzi's cinematography and John Delia's music add more than the usual colour to this otherwise meandering and simple."
Paul Fischer

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EDWARD BURNS

NO LOOKING BACK (M)
(US)

CAST: Lauren Holly, Edward Burns, Jon Bon Jovi, Blythe Danner, Connie Britton, Jennifer Esposito, Nick Sandow, John Ventimiglia, Welker White, Susas Pratt

DIRECTOR: Edward Burns

PRODUCER: Ted Hope, Michael Nozik, Edward Burns

SCRIPT: Edward Burns

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank Prinzi

EDITOR: Susan Graef

MUSIC: Joe Delia

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Therese DePrez

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: January 21, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: September 22, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Home Entertainment







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