Haiku Review: Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!
Written by Atsuko Hirayanagi
Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi


HAIKU REVIEW

Raw, honest and real;
Characters treated with care;
Life can be messy.


RATING:
Watch in Theater Immediately
Pickup at Redbox Upon Release
**Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable**
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

When a film opens with a public suicide, you know you’re in for potentially heavy fare. In this case, writer/director Atsuko Hirayanagi achieves a fine balance, throwing in just enough quirk to counteract the weight. What she produces is a damn fine film about the search for connection and false romanticism of identity and ideals, in which the characters are fully cared for and realized. This isn’t your typical, gift-wrapped affair, it’s something more honest and, oddly enough, true to life. Families can be broken by undercurrents of mistrust and anger (not to mention sudden, traumatic reveals), sex can simultaneously pull people together and push them apart, and we may not always like who we are, nor can we just flip a switch and become some grass-is-greener version of ourselves. And maybe, in the end, that’s okay.


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