K.C. Bailey
Owen Gleiberman
May 10, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Greetings from Tim Buckley

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/03/13
performer
Penn Badgley, Norbert Leo Butz, William Sadler
director
Daniel Algrant
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

A lot of young actors have wanted to play the cult rock idol Jeff Buckley, who died in 1997. Now one of them has, and quite remarkably. In Greetings From Tim Buckley, Penn Badgley saunters around with an air of spooky self-possession, and he does a dead-on impersonation of Buckley’s high-vibrato wail. The movie, a lo-fi indie-rock biopic, takes place over the three or four days leading up to a 1991 tribute concert for Jeff’s father, the late-’60s folk-pop star Tim Buckley. Jeff has agreed to perform (the event ended up launching his career), but it’s obvious he’s still silently raging against the father who abandoned him. He meets a girl, played by the lovely Imogen Poots, and the two have a hipster courtship, but mostly the film cuts back and forth between Jeff and Tim (played with rakish appeal by Ben Rosenfield), all to create a sense that they’re communing across the decades. This is a melancholy wisp of a movie. Yet it lingers in the heart. (Also available on VOD) A-

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