Hide Away

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Shuffle Every time Lovell falls asleep he awakens at a different point of his life. His thirty year old mind and memories remain intact as a ten year old, a ninety year old, and anywhere in between. Things get even more complicated when he discovers his wife has died under potentially mysterious circumstances, but can he use his uncontrollable life-hopping ability to make things right? It’s tough making science fiction films on an indie budget, but writer/director Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary: A Letter To a Son About His Father) takes a sci-fi concept and uses it to tell a very human story. Loss, redemption, and forgiveness are just a few of the themes shown to transcend time, and the film explores them with beauty, humor and vitality. [Extras: Trailer, festival video diaries, making-of, black & white version]

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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.

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