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Hello I Must Be Going

Hello I Must Be GoingHello I Must Be Going wears its Sundance Institute roots like a tattoo inked on its plot: Passive Amy (Melanie Lynskey) is thrown into...Hello I Must Be GoingComedyPT95MHello I Must Be Going wears its Sundance Institute roots like a tattoo inked on its plot: Passive Amy (Melanie Lynskey) is thrown into...2012-10-19Oscilloscope Pictures
MISMATCH Melanie Lynskey's character Amy falls in love with a younger man, played by Christopher Abbott

MISMATCH Melanie Lynskey's character Amy falls in love with a younger man, played by Christopher Abbott

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Hello I Must Be Going

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Blythe Danner, Melanie Lynskey; Director: Todd Louiso; Release Date Limited: 09/07/2012; Runtime (in minutes): 95; Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures

Hello I Must Be Going wears its Sundance Institute roots like a tattoo inked on its plot: Passive Amy (Melanie Lynskey) is thrown into such a depression by her divorce from her generic suit of a husband (Dan Futterman) that she curls up, childlike in a baggy T-shirt, at the fancy home of her status-conscious parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein). Then she has a thrilling romance with a 19-year-old hottie (Girls’ Christopher Abbott). Then she becomes a Woman.

I readily proclaim myself among the ranks of Lynskey lovers, but even the uninitiated will be impressed by how, despite being costumed in clichés of despair (and sexy-dress clichés of blooming womanhood, too), she makes Amy a vibrant and specific human being. What’s equally impressive, though, is the effect the star’s gentle charisma has on the whole production: Working from a script by his wife, Sarah Koskoff, High Fidelity actor-turned-director Todd Louiso shapes the movie to Lynskey’s rhythms. As a result, every scene — including mopey family meals, secret assignations, and confessions under the stars — breathes with a freshness that carries this tiny romance safely beyond the realm of indie cuteness, into the world of a character worth caring about. B+

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