A solitary man who has retreated from life discovers one last chance at happiness in the poignant and engaging MANGLEHORN, starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter and directed by award winner David Gordon Green. The IFC Films theatrical release comes to Blu-ray and DVD from IFC on October 6, 2015.
Reclusive small-town Texas locksmith A.J. Manglehorn (Academy Award winner Al Pacino) has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. He has closed himself off from the world and watches as the world moves on without him.
Still, he forges on with his tenuous human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son (Chris Messina, The Mindy Project), taking misplaced pride in a former protégé gone astray (filmmaker Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers), and establishing a cautious friendship with a kindhearted, lonely woman from the local bank (Holly Hunter, Academy Award winner for The Piano). As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between staying mired in the past and embracing the present.
MANGLEHORN is from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, The Sitter, George Washington, Berlin Film Festival winner for Prince Avalanche), and it’s instilled with his unique brand of eccentricity and anchored by a remarkably rich, understated performance from Pacino. It’s is a movingly humanistic portrait of a man rendered with unsentimental simplicity and idiosyncratic humor.
From the producers of Birdman (2014 Best Picture Oscar winner), Killer Joe and Prince Avalanche, MANGLEHORN was an Official Selection at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and SXSW, among many other prestigious festivals.
“The finest performance Pacino has delivered in years,” praised Xan Brooks in The Guardian. “Its meditative currents take us through a mosaic of moods, mysteries, magic and melancholy,” said Jessica Kiang of The Playlist, who added that it is Green’s “most ambitious film yet.” Ain’t It Cool News called the film “soulful and rich.”
Green “continues to prove himself one of the less predictable and most skilled craftsmen around,” said Catherine Bray at Hitflix. Angie Errigo of Empire magazine wrote, “Holly Hunter goes toe-to-toe nicely with the superbly understated Al Pacino loner obsessed with a long-lost love – one of his most rewarding outings in a very long time.”