Junebug

Junebug

Junebug

  A Junebug is the American term for a June bug, and just as Ashley (Amy Adams will) give her child – provided it’s a girl. The devil knows precisely how the woman came to this strange name. But the happy event of birth is still to be Ashley and still practice a little patience. She lives with her parents Eugene (Scott Wilson), a stocky and laconic fellow, Peg (Celia Weston) and their accumulated strange man, Johnny (Benjamin McKenzie) somewhere in the vastness of the country, when one day the eldest son of George Johnston ( Alessandro Nivola) and his wife Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) hereinschneit to visit. The encounter between the self-confident, intelligent and emancipated gallery owner from Chicago and the family of her betrothed, however, turn out to be a disaster, because the two worlds of the modern city and the simple country life will not seem to fit together, especially to visit the painter, the Madeleine wants, turns out to be difficult contemporary. It begins a clash of civilizations, which is not developed between members of different race or ethnicity, but between rural and urban egg plants. For there is no such thing as “national sentiment” …

Philip Morrison’s debut film, Junebug was at the Sundance Film Festival 2005 one of the crowd favorites and now comes with some delay also in Germany on the cinema screens. With plenty of peace and serenity Morrison and his screenwriter Angus MacLachlan, the various little problems and big misunderstanding dissect within a more or less a normal American family and show with great pleasure of slowness and carelessness of storytelling that films like Garden State and Little Miss Sunshine Mayflies do not have, but certainly stylistically. Nice conversation, not stupid, that’s definitely something.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Junebug Country of production: USA Year of production: 2005 Length: 116 (Min) of material: (# ) Arsenal Film Distribution

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