Luce

Luce

Luce

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tim Roth, Naomi Harris and Octavia Spencer star in this Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated psychological drama.

"It’s been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Watts and oth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears." (Sundance Film Festival)

2019Rating: TBC110 minsUSA
Drama

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Stuff

Stuff

Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer are all excellent, but Kelvin Harrison Jr is the real star.

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Variety

Variety

"Luce" preserves what a rock-solid piece of stage writing can achieve... while providing an opportunity you don't get in a theatrical setting, whereby audiences can study the faces of the central performers up close.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's a drama that moves like a thriller with a stark, uncomfortable score and a series of seat-edge confrontations both heating up a difficult debate over trust, expectation and racial stereotypes.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

This provocation about race, privilege and the expectations that come with both features a star-in-the-making Kelvin Harrison Jr. and adds up to some kind of wallop-packing miracle.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A deeply smart film about race and expectations.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"Luce" is a neatly constructed puzzle, an engrossing weave of suburban drama and sociopolitical whodunit.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A smart and sophisticated inquiry into race and class.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Though provocative enough to start some film-fest conversations, it's unconvincing on too many fronts to go far.

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