- Light From Light
- Paul Harrill
- May 8, 2020 through
- May 14, 2020
“A movie of great intimacy and mystery, Light From Light is a remarkable achievement.”C. Mason Wells, Film Comment
A true gem of modest, minor-key filmmaking, the sophomore feature of Tennessee director Paul Harrill confounds expectations. Ostensibly a film about paranormal activity, with funnyman Jim Gaffigan cast in a lead role, its mode is neither horror-thriller nor comedy but rather that strain of contemporary American regional cinema, about ordinary folks dealing with life’s vicissitudes, practiced by Kelly Reichardt, Debra Granik, and Matthew Porterfield. World-weary single mom Sheila (Marin Ireland) moonlights as a paranormal investigator while working at the service counter of a car rental company. Richard (Gaffigan) is a recent widower who suspects his dead wife may be haunting him. Sheila’s son Owen (Josh Wiggins, from Canadian director Keith Behrman’s Giant Little Ones) and his friend Lucy (Atheena Frizzell) are highschoolers contending with mysteries of the heart. Featuring excellent understated performances and an evocative score by members of The War on Drugs, Harrill’s hushed, delicate, character-driven drama is a work of nuance and empathy, and haunts in its own subtle, affecting way.
“Touching … A tender film about paranormal activity … It’s far more interested in human concerns than metaphysical ones.” Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times
“Transfixing … An unconventional ghost story … Acted with soulful feeling by a fine cast … Modest in scale but rich in sensitivity.” David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
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