Here and Now (film)

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Here and Now
Here and Now poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFabien Constant
Produced by
Written byLaura Eason
Starring
Music byAmie Doherty
CinematographyJavier Aguirresarobe
Edited byMalcolm Jamieson
Production
company
  • AMBI Group
  • Big Indie Pictures
  • Pretty Match Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$13,892[1]

Here and Now (originally titled Blue Night) is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Fabien Constant starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Simon Baker. It has been described as an homage to the 1962 Agnès Varda film Cléo from 5 to 7.[2][3]

It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on November 9, 2018, by Paramount Pictures.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In July 2017, it was announced that Jacqueline Bisset had joined the cast in the role of Parker's mother.[4] Principal photography started in July 2017 in New York City.[5]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2018.[6][7] Shortly after, Paramount Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film and set the film for a November 9, 2018 release.[8]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 19%, based on 21 reviews, with criticism of the direction but generally positive reviews for Parker and Zellweger's performances. Peter Debruge of Variety found that "Constant can’t decide whether Vivienne is keeping her emotions buried deep inside or wearing them on her sleeve, and because Parker plays it somewhere in between, we rely on other characters to elucidate the situation."[9] Rex Reed of The Observer similarly found the film "Bleak and paced with the energy of drops of water from a plumbing leak, Here and Now is deliberately slow, hoping to provide viewers a chance to share the torturous mental anguish Vivienne is going through. The process only succeeds in boring us to death. This is no fault of Parker, who also produced the film, but of Fabien Constant, an inexperienced film director best known for TV commercials, who is making his feature-film debut."

The film, widely considered an homage to Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), was negatively compared to the original. David Erhlich of IndieWire felt that "for an homage boasting a far more fatal outlook than Varda’s original, it’s frustrating and kind of perverse that Blue Night [Here and Now] should be so gentle. 'I’m not done yet,' Vivienne declares. But we never even see her get started." Erhlich also found that "a chance run-in with an estranged friend (Renée Zellweger, in a very welcome cameo) leaves all sorts of meat on the table, minutes of screen time wasted on the vague understanding that growing older requires people to tighten their emotional bandwidth."[10]In a mixed review, Dana Schwartz of Entertainment Weekly found that "the premise — an homage to the 1962 Agnès Varda film Cléo From 5 to 7 — works in spurts" while praising the appearance of Zellweger, describing the film as "heightened by the magnetic Renée Zellweger, barely concealing her suburban rage behind a cheerfully swirled glass of wine." Overall she felt however, "for most of the film, Parker’s Vivienne is bland and forgettable."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Here and Now (2018)". boxofficemojo.com.
  2. ^ Debruge, Peter (2018-04-20). "Tribeca Film Review: 'Blue Night'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  3. ^ Ehrlich, David (2018-04-20). "'Blue Night' Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines In a Dour Homage to Agnès Varda — Tribeca". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (25 July 2017). "Jacqueline Bisset Joins Sarah Jessica Parker's 'Best Day of My Life' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  5. ^ Busch, Anita (11 July 2017). "Renée Zellweger, Isabella Rossellini, Common & Others Join Cast Of 'Best Day Of My Life'". deadline.com. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  6. ^ Raup, Jordan (March 7, 2018). "Tribeca 2018 Lineup Includes 'Disobedience,' 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post,' 'The Seagull,' and More". The Film Stage. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Blue Night". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (August 16, 2018). "Paramount Claims Rights to Sarah Jessica Parker's 'Here and Now'". The Wrap. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Debruge, Peter (2018-04-20). "Tribeca Film Review: 'Blue Night'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  10. ^ Ehrlich, David (2018-04-20). "'Blue Night' Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines In a Dour Homage to Agnès Varda — Tribeca". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  11. ^ https://ew.com/movies/2018/11/06/here-and-now-review-sarah-jessica-parker/

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