Love and Mercy (15)
Love & Mercy is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Bill Pohlad which focuses on musician-songwriter Brian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys. The film, deriving its title from the 1988 song by Wilson, is presented in a parallel narrative covering two specific time periods in Wilson’s life: the 1960s and the 1980s. Paul Dano and John Cusack depict the young and middle-aged Wilson, respectively, with Elizabeth Banks as Wilson’s second wife Melinda Ledbetter, and Paul Giamatti as Wilson’spsychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
The film premiered in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the film for its unorthodox approach to biography, original film score by composer Atticus Ross, Dano’s convincing performance as the increasingly unstable Wilson of the 1960s, and scenes which closely recreate Wilson’s advanced studio recording methods. The real life Wilson – who had little involvement with the film’s development – called it “very factual.”
Stars John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks
Running time 121 min
Date of event:4th February 2016