2014, 86 minutes, color, U.S.A.
For a while now, Franny has been in Morocco researching Bedouin tribes for her PhD in anthropology. The last time she spoke to her brother, Henry, they fought brutally over his decision to ditch college and become a musician. When a terrible accident puts Henry in a coma, Franny rushes home to New York. Desperately seeking clues to his recovery, she dips her toe into the Brooklyn music scene he inhabited, attending a concert by his singer/songwriter hero, James Forester. When James unexpectedly visits Henry’s hospital room, a spark kindles between Franny and this reticent stranger. In the vibrant coffeehouses and clubs they frequent, love and grief intermingle. Franny discovers a new appreciation for her family and the possibility of truly connecting with people, rather than living life solely as an observer.
The quiet chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn is palpable as they navigate disquietingly grave moments and savor transcendent ones. In Song One, subway troubadours, scratchy tracks on a gramophone, late-night guitar noodling, and gentle hospital serenades create an organic musical landscape that paves the way to each character’s gentle awakening.
Director: Kate Barker-Froyland
Screenwriter: Kate Barker-Froyland
Producers: Marc Platt, Jonathan Demme, Adam Shulman, Anne Hathaway, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners
Executive Producers: Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel
Cinematographer: John Guleserian
Editor: Madeleine Gavin
Music: Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice
Principal Cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield