Actually, there are lots of reasons for you to go watch this movie called Lovely, Still. It’s written and directed by Nicholas Fackler and even if you’re not as old as the characters portrayed, this one has such a universal appeal that even young adults will find it a good entertaining movie. It may remind them of their parents, which isn’t bad at all. If you are a sucker for love stories and don’t really care if the main couple isn’t young anymore, then you must watch this one even if just to while the time away on a rainy day.
Yes, Lovely, Still is the kind of movie that you would want to watch while snuggling with the love of your life. Just think about it—it’s a holiday and you’re in your vacation cabin (or maybe not) and it’s raining outside. You are with your partner and you have nothing to do but stay at home and warm yourself with a cup of hot chocolate. It’s the perfect time to watch a sleeper movie! And aside from “Sleepless in Seattle,” there are few other movies that are perfect for that kind of lazy day. If you don’t like to have to pick one yourself, then a good choice is Lovely, Still.
Lovely, Still was actually released in 2008 but it took some time for it to make the rounds. But it may be well worth the wait, because maybe it had to take it’s time in order to be recognized and win international awards. Lovely, Still was the official selection of various film festivals—Chicago, Milwaukee, Florida, Palm Beach, Phoenix, and Kansas City; it’s also the winner of the Best Director and Actor categories at the California Independent Film Festival. A good film always get received well and this film, Lovely, Still definitely made waves, even if it went below the radars of most people. But that’s what makes it more of a gem.
Lovely, Still is about an old man, Robert Malone (Landau), who finds love after living alone for so long. He is rusty in many ways and getting “into the groove” again with a woman that he learns to love is something of a chore—a big one—and he’s going to need all the help he can get. His love interest is Mary, a woman who asks him out at one time and everything changes from there. People around them aren’t exactly a hundred percent supportive, but it’s their lives, and just like any young couple today, they go through the hurdles and emotional complications that all lead to a lasting and loving relationship. Audiences will want to walk the journey of this couple to the very end. Sure it’s fiction, but it’s good fiction that lasts in your heart!
TRIVIA: Ellen Burstyn played Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973); Martin Landau played Commander Koenig in the cult science fiction series, Space: 1999 (1975-1978).