Lonesome Jim

Lonesome Jim

Lonesome Jim
Neurosis, depression and failure are at the centre of actor Steve Buscemi's comedy. You had me at neurosis. This indie stars the better Affleck, and the always charming Tyler.

"After failing to become a literary genius in New York, Jim (Affleck), the highly principled 28-year-old depressive at the centre of Buscemi's sneakily gleeful misery-fest, returns to his small-town Indiana home & family - with no plans beyond an imminent nervous breakdown. He hunkers down to face the hopelessness of his existence, only to find that he is being drawn, ever so slowly and grudgingly, back into the fabric of life, courtesy of his aptly-named uncle Evil and an intransigently good-hearted nurse played with a sweet touch of dimness by Tyler." - NZFF.

* Grand Jury Prize nomination at Sundance.
2006Rating: M, contains sex scenes, offensive language, and drug use87 minsUSA
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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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On his lonesome in the rural Indiana town he deserted for the bright lights of New York and has returned to depressed and broke, the title character in "Lonesome Jim" hits a local bar called Riki's. Finding it full of nosy former high school classmates, he heads down the street to Riki's II, where a sole customer eyes him salaciously. So it's off to another watering hole...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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"Directed by Steve Buscemi": Four words that mean you're in for something special. Just check out Trees Lounge, Animal Factory and his Emmy-nominated episode of The Sopranos. What we cheer in Buscemi as an actor -- his gift for locating the elusive details that define a life -- is also there in his work as a director...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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With a cast of well-chosen actors, a good script, and an eye for making ordinary suburban scenes visually heartbreaking, director Steve Buscemi's small story of failure, depression - and ultimately, love - in one Indiana town rings painfully true-to-life. Casey Affleck's Jim Rousch is every scruffy, almost-thirty creative-type who hasn't made it in the big city and crawled home to middle-American suburbia to lick his wounds. There, in the three-bar town of Cromwell, he joins his sad sack brother Tim (Kevin Corrigan), his aloof dad (Seymour Cassel), and his loving, but willfully out-of-touch mom (Mary Kay Place)...

Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

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INNOCUOUS DV indie is one throbbing post-Trees Lounge hangover - a benign take on not-yet-matured adults, and the doldrums of life in slow motion. Director Buscemi has the right ideas about failed twenty-somethings with no other option than to return home, but it's almost too understated...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The land of shen, namely the barren burg in Indiana, is the grim setting for this tale of despair and renewal. In these biblical terms, it's the story of the prodigal son as Jim, an apathetic 27-year-old, trudges home to dwell with his parents.

Etched in subdued hues and featuring a terrific indie cast of Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place and Seymour Cassel, "Lonesome Jim" may find most hospitable company as a cable offering, as well as a DVD possibility for the indie connoisseur...

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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On his lonesome in the rural Indiana town he deserted for the bright lights of New York and has returned to depressed and broke, the title character in "Lonesome Jim" hits a local bar called Riki's. Finding it full of nosy former high school classmates, he heads down the street to Riki's II, where a sole customer eyes him salaciously. So it's off to another watering hole...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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"Directed by Steve Buscemi": Four words that mean you're in for something special. Just check out Trees Lounge, Animal Factory and his Emmy-nominated episode of The Sopranos. What we cheer in Buscemi as an actor -- his gift for locating the elusive details that define a life -- is also there in his work as a director...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

With a cast of well-chosen actors, a good script, and an eye for making ordinary suburban scenes visually heartbreaking, director Steve Buscemi's small story of failure, depression - and ultimately, love - in one Indiana town rings painfully true-to-life. Casey Affleck's Jim Rousch is every scruffy, almost-thirty creative-type who hasn't made it in the big city and crawled home to middle-American suburbia to lick his wounds. There, in the three-bar town of Cromwell, he joins his sad sack brother Tim (Kevin Corrigan), his aloof dad (Seymour Cassel), and his loving, but willfully out-of-touch mom (Mary Kay Place)...

Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

INNOCUOUS DV indie is one throbbing post-Trees Lounge hangover - a benign take on not-yet-matured adults, and the doldrums of life in slow motion. Director Buscemi has the right ideas about failed twenty-somethings with no other option than to return home, but it's almost too understated...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The land of shen, namely the barren burg in Indiana, is the grim setting for this tale of despair and renewal. In these biblical terms, it's the story of the prodigal son as Jim, an apathetic 27-year-old, trudges home to dwell with his parents.

Etched in subdued hues and featuring a terrific indie cast of Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place and Seymour Cassel, "Lonesome Jim" may find most hospitable company as a cable offering, as well as a DVD possibility for the indie connoisseur...

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