By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

In the past couple of weeks, I have seen two exceptional films about thirty-something-year olds lost and unhappy because of this uncertainty of which direction to follow.  All of us witness and often judge the lives of others and try not to fall into the same mistakes and trappings others do.  Sometimes, we try to follow paths carefully set before us by well meaning, but clueless loved ones.  The two movies I recently watched tell similar stories, one from a male perspective (Liberal Arts), and the other from a female one.  Hello, I Must Be Going tells the story of a lost and depressed divorced woman (Melanie Lynskey) whose world is completely devastated after her husband divorces her.

Amy’s life revolved completely around her husband’s.  Following the divorce, Amy, who has no career or life of her own, moves back in with her parents Ruth and Stan (Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein).  At a dinner party with her father’s business associates, Amy meets and falls for Jeremy (Christopher Abbott), a much younger college student who has some issues of his own.  The two start a passionate love affair, rejuvenating Amy and helping Jeremy face the problems that trouble him and his family.  However, one problem still remains and that is the issue of their age difference.

Written by Sarah Koskoff and directed by Todd Louiso, HELLO, I MUST BE GOING is a poignant, sometimes heartwarming, and other times heartbreaking story of discovering one’s purpose in life and the struggles in choosing the right path ahead.  Koskoff does an incredible job with this realistic script and character development. The story probably ends a little too abruptly with no satisfying closure, but I suppose dragging the ending on too long would have been much worse.

The cast performs superbly with not one weak link at all.  Melanie Lynskey, probably will be overlooked around awards season, but I feel she needs some kind of recognition for her lovely acting here.  Perhaps she can receive at the very least, an Independent Spirit Award, because I get the feeling that she will be overshadowed by the major releases coming out this fall/winter.  Christopher Abbott also wonderfully portrays her lover Jeremy, a college kid who can’t seem to escape his parents’ plans for him.  Blythe Danner always makes an excellent addition to any cast.  Her turn here is no exception. John Rubinstein, an actor I remember well from 1980s television shows such as Crazy Like a Fox is perfect as the loving and more understanding father.

So I feel, like Melanie Lynskey will be overlooked, so will this wonderful film.  I must highly recommend it as a full priced ticket, because I love to support independent movies deserving of larger audiences.  In Austin, this film will play at the Regal Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills and the Violet Crown Cinema downtown.


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