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Love & Mercy

Regie Bill Pohlad
USA, 2014

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Paul Dano and John Cusack play younger and older iterations of Brian Wilson in this chronicle of the Beach Boys founder’s decades-long struggles with mental health and substance abuse.

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Love & Mercy Regie Bill Pohlad

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Nominiert: Best Supporting Male

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 3 Nominiert unter anderem: Best Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | 4 Nominiert unter anderem: Best Lead Actor

Love & Mercy doesn’t pluck at the heartstrings, but Wilson’s story is at times terrifying, and the system of abuse he experienced is chilling. Instead, each musical element, each chord, each sound is crisply produced and played in unison to form the song of his life. It’s bittersweet and melancholic, always captivating, holding the irrefutable truth of a pop lyric. Melinda emerges through the haze of bells and whistles, a bassline note of hope ringing as a constant.
July 10, 2015
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Pohlad’s film is good at probing the line between radical creativity and mental disarray; arguably less good at getting Wilson back on the safe side of it. But it leaves you in no doubt that the man’s a genius.
July 09, 2015
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Adeptly flitting back and forth across the years, switching from documentary-style in-studio footage to rather more measured coverage of Brian’s 80s travails, and even switching perspectives from Banks’s sympathetic outsider perspective to a more interior take on Brian’s eventual self-realisation, the result is a film which cannily finds its own distinctive form as it goes along, confidently dispensing with much biopic cliché en route.
July 08, 2015
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  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Love & Mercy

    The parallel timelines work well, at least as an alternative to the usual linear biopic tropes. The segments with Cusack and Banks are perfunctory, workmanlike and a little heavy-handed. By contrast, Paul Dano's performance is extraordinary, fully capturing the frustration of a young man desperately trying to manifest the wonderful music he hears in his head, increasingly obfuscated by louder voices.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Love & Mercy

    "Even the happy songs are sad!" This Beach Boys fan takes delight in the fact that "Love & Mercy" avoids nearly all the cliches of the biopic by honing in on two select periods in the life of the brilliant and melancholy Brian Wilson: the creation of his masterpiece "Pet Sounds" and his second wife's quest to rid him of the pervasive influence of Dr. Eugene Landy. The result is one of 2015's most powerful dramas.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Love & Mercy

    The Paul Dano Pet-Sounds-era half of the film is a 5-star affair; the John Cusak segments have a made-for-tv feel punctuated by an uncharacteristically two-dimensional and cartoonish portrayal of Dr. Landy by Paul Giametti, whom I normally like.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Love & Mercy

    Wilson's story became stuff of legend but also pop culture ridicule, so it was no easy feat for Pohlad and Overman to come up with an even handed script. Overall, we want to spend way more time with Dano because there's the weirdness, records and drama we came here for, but the main conflict that moves the story is thrown on Cusack and his part is way more difficult to pull off, which does not work at all times.

  • Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film Love & Mercy

    In the vast ocean of clichéd rock star biopics, this plunge into the troubled but brilliant mind of Beach Boys' leader Brian Wilson, wisely tries to avoid much of the saccharin and focuses only in two of the most important events that led Wilson to his much publicized mental disruptions, without neglecting his sparks of genius, both instances are treated with visual and sonic sensitivity.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Love & Mercy

    A total surprise. Expected the standard Hollywood biopic and almost avoided the theatrical run. Instead we have a capture of distorted genius, prescription destruction and (near) divine creation. Love or hate The Beach Boys one must admit Wilson's production work was extraordinary creating some of the most stunning soundscapes ever captured in pop. The dual narrative in the end works well. A film for music fans.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Love & Mercy

    Tour-de-force acting (Dano is feral as the young Brian Wilson; Cusack counterpoints perfectly as older version with naif-like vulnerability) + artful cinematography (Robert Yeoman's sins from Feig's SPY washed clean) + sharp writing (Oren Moverman sneaks in a joke about Matzo ball soup) + freaky deeky sound design = Bill Pohlad's exceedingly metaphorical biopic that screams "I AM ART!". Extra point: Elizabeth Banks.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Love & Mercy

    Set to please cinephiles and music lovers alike, Love & Mercy truly is a collective effort of great beauty and touching, raw filmmaking. Powered by phenomenal performances by Dano and Cusack, the film justifies its title, living off pure vibrations that weren’t made for these times, or any times for that matter, for its protagonist still continues to transcend time.

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