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Bill Pohlad, Love and Mercy, 2014

Love & Mercy

1 Aug 20159 Aug 2015

Long stereotyped as purveyors of mindless pop, The Beach Boys are now hailed as one of the most artistically significant bands of all time. Love & Mercy centres on the fall and rise of visionary songwriter Brian Wilson, juxtaposing his slide into mental illness during the 1960s with his recovery and redemption in the 1980s.

Co-written by Oren Moverman, who wrote Todd Haynes’s acclaimed Dylan biopic I’m Not There, Love & Mercy similarly has different actors representing the same character. Paul Dano is astonishing as the younger Brian, overwhelmed by elation and despair while creating the album Pet Sounds; John Cusack gives his best performance in years as the broken older Brian, rescued from a controlling ‘therapist’ by the love and determination of Melinda Ledbetter. The result is a film that’s heartbreaking and uplifting at once – much like Wilson’s music.

Contains drug use, references to child abuse and infrequent strong language

Love and Mercy, dir. Bill Pohlad, USA 2014, 121 mins

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