Oh Lucy! - Victoria Film Festival

February 11, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Community event
Vic theatre

CAPI is proud to be partnering with the Victoria Film Festival to host a screening of Oh Lucy!

Sun | February 11 | 6:30 PM | The Vic

BC Premiere
Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Country: Japan
Year: 2017
Runtime: 95 min
Unrated – Membership Required
19+ Event  at The Vic Theatre

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From the VFF website:

Setsuko, a middle-aged woman in Tokyo, escapes mundane office life when she chances upon an English class taught by a charming American, John (Josh Hartnett), who insists she wear a blonde wig and adopt the name Lucy to better understand Americans. She begins to develop a penchant for her instructor and when her spunky niece runs off with him to San Diego, Setsuko, accompanied by her constantly disapproving sister, sets off to bring her back.

The wide open spaces and sunshine of Southern California, so different from grey, cramped Tokyo, transform Setsuko and reveals the real John. In Tokyo, John was a confident teacher, a creative professional. John in California is a surfer dude who can’t make his rent. Setsuko’s dreary Tokyo existence and her inhibitions disappear, and she is spurred on to new experiences – pumping gas, driving cars, smoking weed – while becoming more deeply obsessed with John.

Themes of societal pressure on women, regardless of culture, are questioned. Setsuko is lonely and depressed, feeling pressure to couple with someone. Her sister is in an unhappy relationship but feels duty bound to stay married. While Setsuko believes she might love John, it’s more likely that what she loves is the idea of getting away from herself.

But the real highlight of the movie is the nuanced multifaceted performance from Shinobu Terajima as Lucy/Setsuko, who brings the character to life in meticulous detail and raises the story far beyond a comedic chase. Funny, quirky, optimistic and sometimes dark, Oh Lucy! examines conformity, identity, loneliness and love.

Victoria Film Festival