Feb 4, 2010
Barry Jenkin’s Medicine for Melancholy is many wonderful things.
1. It is not a mumblecore film.
2. It is an understated homage to Jean-Luc Godard’s À Bout de Souffle [Breathless, 1960]. The film’s cinematography emulates Breathless in its look and feel, and there are several direct (but not derivative) references to iconic scenes:
It is a something of a cliché in film school to cite Godard as one of your favorite filmmakers. But Barry Jenkins has managed to evoke his love of Godard — and these quintessential, beloved moments from a film that cinephiles hold so dear — and make them his own. I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Read an interview with Barry Jenkins from efilmcritc.com.