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GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY

SYNOPSIS:
The story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley's (Penn Badgley) eminent 1991 performance at his father's tribute concert in St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn. Through a romance with Allie (Imogen Poots), a young woman working at the concert, he learns to embrace all of his feelings toward the father who abandoned him - longing, anger, forgiveness, and love. Culminating a cathartic performance of his father's most famous songs, Jeff's debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time. (Based on a true story)

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
In a way disconcerting, in a way touching, filmmaker Daniel Algrant intercuts between the musician son Jeff (Penn Badgley) and the musician father Tim (Ben Rosenfeld) Buckley when the latter was roughly the same age. This approach underscores the musical parallels, but also the tragedy of both lives ending too early; Jeff at 28 (drowned), his father at 30 (heroin overdose).

But this film is not about their deaths, even though it is a tribute concert for his late father that brings them together, so to speak. We learn that Tim did in fact care for his baby son, but that never translated to the young man.

When Jeff agrees to appear at the concert, it sets off a chain reaction which includes his meeting with Allie (Imogen Poots), an intern working with the concert organisers. She draws out of Jeff the hidden angst between father and son, while the son's performance at the concert ignites his musical career.

While the film seems like a tribute itself it doesn't have significant commercial appeal but it may appeal to the fans - not least due to plenty of tracks from both artists. It's well made in a technical sense and lovingly performed by the entire cast. Not inspiring enough for the likes of me.

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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (PG)
(US, 2012)

CAST: Imogen Poots, Penn Badgley, William Sadler, Norbert Leo Butz, Alex Ziwak, Ben Rosenfeld, Frank Wood, Ilana Levine

PRODUCER: John Hart, Patrick Milling Smith, Amy Nauiokas, Frederick Zollo

DIRECTOR: Daniel Algrant

SCRIPT: Daniel Algrant, David Brendel, Emma Sheanshang

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrij Parekh

EDITOR: Bill Pankow

MUSIC: Gary Lucas

PRODUCTION DESIGN: John Paino

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Icon

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 27, 2013







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