Article by James
Can a Song Save Your Life? is currently filming with a release date in 2013. Now why is this very interesting? On the surface, very little. Tabloids have been flashing pics of star Keira Knightley pashing Mark Ruffalo on set, but also Knightley skipping about Manhattan with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine in tow. Yes it is Levine’s first official film acting gig and his U.S. The Voice colleague Cee-Lo, is also a cast member. Even the basic plot seems ho-hum – A dejected music business exec (Ruffalo) forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter (Knightley) new to Manhattan. Essentially, little buzz for me. But look a little deeper people!
The film is written and directed by John Carney. Who you say??? Have a squiz. Carney wrote and directed 2006’s Once. The sublime film that won an Oscar for best original song in 2008. If you haven’t seen this film, shame on you, go bloody rent it. Not only is the soundtrack truly beautiful, the film is heartbreaking, honest, and touching, with a sort-of everyday element that is indefinable. One of the truly un-miss-able films released that year. And the other reason is Catherine Keener.
If you don’t know who Catherine Keener is, then you don’t love film. That is my opinion anyway. She is the less famous Laura Linney. But the same calibre. Best known for 2005’s The 40 Year Old Virgin and the much awarded Capote of the same year, Keener is a veteran of TV and film. Despite the meagre star wattage they are using to promote this flick, go see.