Previously at the ICA -
1 Aug 2015 – 9 Aug 2015
Long stereotyped as purveyors of mindless pop, The Beach Boys are now hailed as one of the most artistically significant bands of all time. Love & Mercy centres on the fall and rise of visionary songwriter Brian Wilson, juxtaposing his slide into mental illness during the 1960s with his recovery and redemption in the 1980s.
Co-written by Oren Moverman, who wrote Todd Haynes’s acclaimed Dylan biopic I’m Not There, Love & Mercy similarly has different actors representing the same character. Paul Dano is astonishing as the younger Brian, overwhelmed by elation and despair while creating the album Pet Sounds; John Cusack gives his best performance in years as the broken older Brian, rescued from a controlling ‘therapist’ by the love and determination of Melinda Ledbetter. The result is a film that’s heartbreaking and uplifting at once – much like Wilson’s music.
Contains drug use, references to child abuse and infrequent strong language
Love and Mercy, dir. Bill Pohlad, USA 2014, 121 mins
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Cinema Summer Sale
On Wednesdays (22 July - 20 August 2015), get 2-4-1 on full price tickets (£11) to selected film screenings after 6pm. The 2-4-1 ticket option can be found at the checkout stage of any applicable screening. To access the £11 offer, please select 2 tickets at £5.50. (Please note the £1 booking fee per ticket still applies.)