OH LUCY REVIEWED
“Oh Lucy! is so much fun. Originally started as a Tisch School film project, the film has grown into this indie mini-hit that kinda floated around the periphery for a bit. Watching an older lady get sucked into her niece’s world shouldn’t work like this. But, watching as learning another language and trying to idolize the youth can warp your identity is amazing. Plus, I’m starting to love Shioli Kutsuna. While her role could’ve been easily dismissed, I love that she adds so much to her wild child performance.
It’s not that she wants to run off with her English language tutor, it’s that she wants the women in her life to give a damn. For a rather short movie, so much happens but it’s on a low-key level. Harnett plays its smart and Shinobu Terajima strikes those same chords that Sally Field hit with “Hi My Name is Doris”. It’s not about being middle-aged, it’s about remembering what matters most in life. A wise recently deceased man once said that your body isn’t a temple, it’s an amusement park. I believe that this film respects that mantra.
- NYAFF Chat Interview
- Deleted Scenes
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 6/5/18
The Plot Thus Far
OH LUCY! follows Setsuko, (Shinobu Terajima), a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she is convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna, Deadpool 2), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named Lucy. The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Penny Dreadful, Pearl Harbor). When John suddenly disappears from class, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in search of him, and in the outskirts of Southern California, family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to preserve the dream and promise of ‘Lucy.’