I had the pleasure of seeing the film Low Down about a month ago with the always lovely Rose Walano, whom I met while working at Cosmo! Rose has all the hookups in the movie and entertainment biz, and I’m very grateful for her thoughtfulness in bringing an ex-intern along to the occasional screening.
Low Down will be released October 24th. This film is so thoroughly worth a watch, I am jealous of all of you who haven’t yet experienced it, but will. It’s one of those films that you wish you could see for the first time every time.
The premise: A look at the life of Joe Albany, famed pianist, through the eyes of his young daughter during the 1960s and 70s as he contends with his devastating drug addiction.
Standout Cast Member: I have to give it to Lena Headey, who played Sheila Albany – ex-wife of Joe Albany. Headey’s American accent was refreshing and believable and I hung on to every word she seethed. Truly though, the entire cast was phenomenal and I could describe a scene in which each actor blew me away.
Overall vibe: I was utterly transported to the sixties and seventies. It was filmed on 16 mm film, and felt wonderfully authentic throughout. I didn’t know this about myself, but I think I may love that grainy and slightly off-colored look in a film. It feels like the way film was and should be. That being said, Low Down was — without a doubt- -heart-wrenching. I didn’t walk out depressed, however. I walked out amazed at how well this story of Joe Albany was told.
Bored/enthralled ratio: I would say I was enthralled 92% of the time. The dialogue between characters was just intense and emotionally vibrating enough to keep me on the edge of my seat always. I feel like when there is drug addiction involved in a film, and a certain character is battling, you can’t look away, because you’re struggling right there with them. The amount of times I am whispering under my breath “no no no don’t” — that’s how I know I’m IN IT.
Journey factor: Again, drug addicts always seem to go on a cyclic journey where they’re good for a hot second, and then down and out. Low Down wasn’t so much about the journey of Joe Albany though, and more the journey of his incredibly courageous daughter, Amy, played by Elle Fanning (who I now believe is my favorite of the sisters — she has some real depth).
Writing prowess: The film was based off of Amy Albany’s memoir, and so she also was involved in writing the screenplay which I think is what made the writing so powerful and all-enveloping. The words were too real. The scenes were too felt. The writing was on point.
Overall, I love a great true story. And this one was just that. Mark your calendars!