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Low Down

Rated R 118 minutes 2014

Images express more than words in this beautiful biopic, about the gifted, heroin-addicted jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and his relationship with his teenage daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning), who lived with him in his scuzzy apartment during the 1960s. Based on Amy-Jo's memoir, the film is presented as a string of memories both bad and good, and it doesn't adhere to a typical story structure, but the grainy Super-16 camerawork, intimately capturing sorrowful prison visits and hazy jam sessions in LA flophouses, more than makes up for the flimsy story, which often relies on addiction clich├ęs. The cast lifts this up as well: Glenn Close plays Amy-Jo's grandmother, a nurturing figure in a dingy milieu, and delivers one of her better recent performances, while Hawkes, who bears a striking resemblance to Albany, again proves he's among our most dependable actors. Jeff Preiss directed.

Film Credits

Official Site: lowdownfilm.tumblr.com

Director: Jeff Preiss

Producer: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Mindy Goldberg, Burton Ritchie, Daniel-Konrad Cooper, Win McCormack, Amy-Jo Albany, Flea and Anthony Kiedis

Cast: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Flea, Caleb Jones, Taryn Manning, Burn Gorman and Tim Daly


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