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|Directed by||So Yong Kim|
|Music by||Jóhann Jóhannsson|
|Distributed by||Strand Releasing|
Lovesong is a 2016 American drama film directed by So Yong Kim, who co-wrote the film with Bradley Rust Gray. It stars Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Marshall Chapman, Ryan Eggold, and Rosanna Arquette.
Sarah (Riley Keough) is a stay at home mom whose husband frequently travels for work and is dismissive of Sarah's concerns about his absences. Overwhelmed by the isolation of taking care of her toddler daughter, she calls her best friend Mindy (Jena Malone), whom she has not seen in years, and the two depart on an impromptu roadtrip together with Sarah's toddler daughter. The two women discuss their different lifestyles with Sarah believing that Mindy is free-spirited and promiscuous. After a night recalling their sexual experiences in college, the two end up kissing, which leads to them being physically intimate. The day after, Mindy is hurt after Sarah seems to treat the experience nonchalantly, thinking it happened due to the spark of the moment and Mindy's promiscuity. When they stop at a convenience store, Mindy purchases a ticket back to her home in New York City and abruptly leaves.
After three years of little contact, Mindy invites Sarah to her wedding. Sarah is now separated from her husband. Sarah at first feels left out and isolated as she is disconnected from Mindy and her life. However, after Mindy invites herself to Sarah's hotel room the two begin to reconnect. At Mindy's bachelorette party the two end up sharing a kiss.
The day of Mindy's wedding the two go for a walk and discuss their roadtrip, the night that they slept together, and the three years of absence. Mindy feels sorry for leaving, and they tell one another they love each other. Nevertheless, Mindy goes forward with her wedding.
- Jena Malone as Mindy
- Riley Keough as Sarah
- Brooklyn Decker as Lilly
- Amy Seimetz as Chloe
- Marshall Chapman as Jessica
- Ryan Eggold as Leif
- Rosanna Arquette as Eleanor
- Cary Joji Fukunaga as Dean
- Jessie Ok Gray as Jessie (age 3)
- Sky Ok Gray as Jessie (age 6)
In December 2014, it was revealed that Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Marshall Chapman, Ryan Eggold and Rosanna Arquette joined the cast of the film, with So Yong Kim directing from a screenplay she co-wrote with Bradley Rust Gray. Alex Lipschultz, David Hansen, and Johnny MacDonald will serve as producers on the film, while Mynette Louie, Laura Rister, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger would executive produce.
The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016. Shortly after, Strand Releasing acquired U.S distribution rights. The film was released on February 17, 2017.
Lovesong received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 81% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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