[In] this cross-cultural shaggy-dog tale, Hirayanagi locates both a sharp vein of absurdist comedy and a bitter, melancholy undertow.
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OH LUCY! follows Setsuko, (Shinobu Terajima in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance), a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna, Deadpool 2), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). When John suddenly disappears from class, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in search of him, and in the outskirts of Southern California, family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.”
Atsuko Hirayanagi, Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West
Josh Hartnett, Shinobu Terajima, Koji Yakusho
Nominee, Grand Prize Critics Week ~ Fipresci Award, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best Female Lead, Spirit Awards
Nominee, Best First Feature, Spirit Awards
Winner, NHK Award, Sundance Film FestivalMORE
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