Mark Ruffalo‘s directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is an independent dramedy about a newly paralyzed DJ who “gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.” /Film’s own David Chen saw the film at Sundance, here is a short excerpt from his review:
Sympathy for Delicious is certainly unique; I don’t think I ever have, nor will I ever again, see a film like this. The film has several hallmarks of a personal passion project. Thornton and Ruffalo have been friends for decades and Thornton himself wrote the script as a way of working out his feelings towards his own disability. Unfortunately, the final film lacks focus, bringing up many interesting ideas but lacking in follow-through.
The film stars Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Mark Ruffalo, and Laura Linney. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Editor’s Note: Filmmaker Jake Scott has been blogging his Sundance experience on /Film. You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott yet, but you will. You definitely know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Chances are, you’ve probably never seen Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane. He’s directed iconic music videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2. Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys premiered in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition. The story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.
You can read Jake’s first blog post here, his second blog here, and his third blog post, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 by David Chen
Sundance 2010 has seen several actors make the transition into directing. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Diego Luna both have films premiering here, but it was Mark Ruffalo’s film, Sympathy for Delicious, that caught my attention with its outlandish premise. In the film, Dean O’Dwyer (played by writer and real-life paraplegic Christopher Thornton) plays a down-on-his luck DJ (stage-name “Delicious”) who suddenly discovers he has the power to heal people by laying hands on them. A priest (Mark Ruffalo) will try to use O’Dwyer’s powers for his own purposes, while a band leader (Orlando Bloom) tries to explore its commercial potential.
Hit the jump for some of my thoughts on the film, as well as a video blog with people from CHUD and Firstshowing.
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The end of this week is like a race to keep up with the flood of trailers and clips coming out of Sundance. On deck now is nine minutes of Sympathy for Delicious. It is the first film directed by actor Mark Ruffalo, written by and starring Christopher Thornton, who plays “a newly paralyzed DJ [who] gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.”
The film also features Ruffalo, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney and John Carroll Lynch. The footage is grainy and energetic, and most of the performances look rock-solid. Check out the footage after the break. Read More »