There Is a New World Somewhere (2015)

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There Is a New World Somewhere: Directed by Li Lu. With Agnes Bruckner, Maurice Compte, Ashley Bell, John Robinson. Sylvia returns to her Texas hometown for a friend’s wedding. There she meets Esteban, an electrifying stranger. He dares her to join him on a road trip through the Deep South.

“Li Lu has crafted a beautiful, humanist road movie, replete with lovely locations and photography and music. The wonderful lead performers, Agnes Bruckner and Maurice Compte, live in characters that you know or have known; people who you have held or yelled at or followed or lost. They say what you would say, or what has been said to you, or what you wish youu0026#39;d said.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFor me, it brought to mind those wild, impulsive decisions we make when we seek a life of creative passion, that romantic idealization of dropping everything and starting over down a new road carrying nothing of our old life. When twilight fades and youu0026#39;re still you, youu0026#39;ve gained a new perspective, some personal insight. Melancholy is a gift.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is so rarely well-portrayed in film, focusing more on heartbreak or fantasy than personal growth/realization. Here Lu gave me this experience again, with care and depth, and without judgment or cynicism.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003ePlease see it. Support independent film and the people who tell stories we can touch.”

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