Harry Dean Stanton’s last movie role became one of his rare leading performances, and one of his best. This is a bittersweet indie film that marks the directing debut of veteran actor John Carroll Lynch who finds the right, careful pace as we follow 90-year-old Lucky and his unremarkable life in a desert small town. Every day has its clear routines, including daytime stops at a diner and nighttime visits to a bar that is frequented by older patrons who love to banter. Lucky smokes and drinks, but nothing seems able to kill him. A simple film that holds one’s attention primarily because of Stanton, but also as an entertaining, insightful comment on aging and how to best live your life.
2017-U.S. 88 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Ira Steven Behr, Danielle Renfrew, Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks, Richard Kahan, John H. Lang, Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja. Directed by John Carroll Lynch. Screenplay: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja. Cast: Harry Dean Stanton (Lucky), Ron Livingston (Bobby Lawrence), David Lynch (Howard), Beth Grant, James Darren, Barry Shabaka Henley… Ed Begley, Jr., Tom Skerritt.
Last word: “What happened was that we were looking for someone for [the part of Howard]. A few people had come up in our minds and we were working on how to get it to them. I don’t remember when it was in the process, but Harry brought David up. Logan asked, ‘Do you think he’d do it?,’ and Harry said, ‘Well, ask him.’ We all thought it was a good idea, and we found out that he was amenable to the idea. Michael, his assistant, was incredibly helpful, in that regard. He gave us two days, in the midst of post-production (on ‘Twin Peaks’), on the 4th of July weekend of 2016.” (John Carroll Lynch, Collider)