Alan James is a legend in Memphis, a white man who produced black music back in the 60’s and 70’s, the heyday of Memphis Soul. Now in his later years, he’s still living the high life in a comfortable house in the right part of town. He lives with his girlfriend, Laura, a Russian beauty whom he met on tour in Moscow. Laura spends most of her time alone, raising their three-year-old son, Sam. A stranger in Memphis, she lives a comfortable but alienated life. Alan also has a grown-up son, Michael, with whom he has a complicated relationship fuelled by jealousy, disappointment and anger. When Michael returns home for the first time in many years the initial hostility he radiates towards his father’s ‘girl’ develops into something much more, and a messy, dangerous affair ensues. In the bars and bedrooms of this very contemporary city, a love triangle forms, illuminating the hearts and souls of these three tangled lives.
Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997), and the 2005 Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize–winning Forty Shades of Blue. His most recent film, Last Address, is a short work honoring a group of New York City artists who died of AIDS. Sachs is the founder and cocurator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York, as well as its newly established program that supports mentorship among queer working artists. –Sundance Film Festival
One of my most favorite films ever. It is in the last scene that this film catches my heart, leaving me breathless and exasperated at the same moment. I do not have a word for the emotion contained in those last few moments, yet the emotion is so well captured that a term to define it is unnecessary.