Isaac Lachmann (Brett Gelman) is a dud. At 40, his career is going nowhere, his girlfriend of ten years (Judy Greer) is leaving him; and his overbearing family is taking a toll on his sanity. Isaac (Brett) fumbles in his efforts to bond with a well-connected actor (Michael Cera), and an attempt at romance with make-up artist Cleo (Nia Long). Despite his efforts to connect Isaac finds himself immobilized by a world seemingly turning against him.
The premise feels a bit like the indie film Cyrus starring John C. Riley and Jonah Hill from a few years ago. Which is perfectly fine – because I really dug that film and this set of actors will bring something new to that scenario. It appears not only will it be new and fresh but a bit odd as well judging from the still we were provided.
Director Janicza Bravo (Award-winning short Gregory Go Boom, FX’s acclaimed series “Atlanta”) returns to SXSW with a stylized and intoxicatingly unique debut feature that promises to delight and unsettle in equal measure. Bravo’s star and co-writer, Brett Gelman, unflinchingly explores what it means to truly unravel. Featuring impressive turns by a supporting cast including Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Nia Long, Martin Starr and Gillian Jacobs, Lemon bursts with originality and announces the arrival of one of the most assured new directorial voices. As soon as we get a trailer we’ll be sure to post it! DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
“One day I had the pleasure of waking up in my thirties. I noticed a dark cloud hanging over my head and a crushing sensation in my chest. Most of what I had imagined or seen for myself had yet to materialize. The only things that I had were a pit in my stomach and a ball in my throat.
With that as my new starting point, I plunged head first into an abyss. LEMON is a pure manifestation of my greatest fear; arriving at a life or an end meant for someone else. You’re supposed to be the hero of your own life but what do you do if aren’t born with the tools?
I thought I deserved certain things. I felt like I’d been handed a fair amount of suffering that I had done a great job of getting through. I felt I’d put in plenty of days and hours into my craft and nothing worthwhile was presenting itself. LEMON was birthed out of a deep frustration.