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Medicine for Melancholy Arrives

by Eric Kohn
January 30, 2009 12:37 AM
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I checked out Medicine for Melancholy at South by Southwest last year after getting tipped off to its merits by Aaron Hillis. Director Barry Jenkins spotted me in line to the packed Alamo Drafthouse screening, recognized me from a party at Tim League's house, and kindly made sure I got inside. Boy, was it worth it. This gentle story of a non-couple wandering the landscape of modern day San Francisco after their fleeing one-night stand has quickly become the indie story of the year. Jenkins and his two lead actors (including current Daily Show performer Wyatt Cenac) grace the latest cover of Filmmaker, and Barry supplied a detailed account of his process for indieWIRE a few weeks back. The movie, which opens this week, ought to become a mini-hit: It bears thematic similarities to The Exiles, plot similarities to Before Sunset and contains a gorgeously photographed hipness that's all its own. Don't miss out.

Above: 'Medicine for Melancholy' director Barry Jenkins watches the presidential inauguration at the indieWIRE condo during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Below: The trailer.

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