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Rated NR · 95 minutes · 2018

Comedy drama
A fortyish, single female office worker named Setsuko (played with an expectant gleam in her eye by actress Terajima Shinobu) adopts the "American name" of Lucy and escapes from her dull, lonely life in Tokyo by taking a road trip to Southern California in search of her footloose niece. And it's not so much what happens to Setsuko/Lucy but what doesn't, as she soaks up life in the American mellow lane. Director Hirayanagi Atsuko - adapting her own short film with writer Boris Frumin - deliberately slows it down to let events play out on Setsuko's face. Brilliant tactic, calm but rewarding character study. Costarring Josh Hartnett, Kutsuna Shiori, Minami Kaho, and, in a cameo, movie star Yakusho Kôji (95 min., 2017, not rated)

See our full review: <i>Oh Lucy!</i>: A Trip to America Goes Deep

Oh Lucy!: A Trip to America Goes Deep

Hirayanagi Atsuko’s restrained character study succeeds by taking away, rather than piling on. »

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Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Producer: Meileen Choo, Will Ferrell, Razmig Hovaghimian, Adam McKay, Jessica Elbaum, Atsuko Hirayanagi, Yukie Kito and Han West
Cast: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami, Koji Yakusho, Shioli Kutsuna, Megan Mullally, Reiko Aylesworth, Nick Gracer, Liz Bolton, Miyoko Yamaguchi and Hajime Inoue


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