An aspiring young musician in a coma, his semi-estranged sister (Anne Hathaway) returning to Brooklyn from overseas to sit at his bedside and hope, the boy’s indie-folk idol (Johnny Flynn) joining the vigil, mom (Mary Steenburgen) revealing truths, and the curative power of music.
Not a lot of drama here, but also zilch melodrama. There’s a sense of realism to this intuitive, low-key musical love story by newcomer writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland, which refreshingly confounds your cinematic expectations at every turn. I liked the way it tries not at all to be hip, and the fine acoustic music. Japanese title: Brooklyn no Koibito tachi. (88 min)