While reminiscient of other recent urban chance encounter stories — such as Aaron Katz‘s “Quiet City” in NYC and Alex Holdridge‘s “In Search of a Midnight Kiss” in L.A. — Barry Jenkins‘ “Medicine for Melancholy” sets itself apart.
While a big fan of both Katz and Holdridge’s fest favorites, I finally caught up with Jenkins’ SXSW debut last night here in Toronto and was quite impressed. Like “Quiet City” and “Midnight Kiss,” “Melancholy” offers a distinctive visual style, solid lead performances by newcomers and a portrait of the dialogue and experiences in the early hours of a new relationship. As in those two indies, the characters in “Medicine for Melancholy” talk, a lot. But, what distinguishes Jenkins’ film is what they talk about. Their conversations and encounters are linked inextricably with their their city, as well as this unique moment in time (and in their own lives). IFC Films is planning an early ’09 release for the film.
[photo via toronto international film festival]