The aptly titled Hide Away (previously titled A Year In Mooring) is a quiet film that lives up to its name and premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival where I called it a “meditation, intended to be slow and dwell in the melancholy.” Telling the story of an unnamed man (Josh Lucas) who hopes working to rebuild a rundown sailboat will also work to rebuild his own life, the film takes hold of you slowly, almost like grief itself. Plagued by a serious loss and struggling through that frustrating and undefined mourning period, Lucas truly embodies a man who has seemingly lost everything, but is still working to find his way back.
I have long championed the talents of Lucas and this exclusive clip features his natural ability to take a simple scene and imbue it with a sense of heart and charm despite the pain his character is clearly carrying on his shoulders. Paired with accomplished actor James Cromwell, featured here as a more weathered mariner, Lucas steps up to the plate and it is their scenes together (and their shared sense of mourning) that were some of my favorites in the film.
Hide Away opens in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, OR tomorrow, Friday, June 1st. The film will expand theatrically in the weeks to follow.