First Look: Handsome Harry

3.26.2010

By Noah Michelson

Handsome Harry is the latest film by Bette Gordon, whose 1983 feature, Variety, remains a signal work of the early American “indie” movement. Heading an impressive ensemble cast, Jamey Sheridan (The Ice Storm, Syriana) portrays the title role -- a divorced man, alienated from his grown son, whose life is defined by a number of casual relationships but no intimate ones. A loner by choice, Harry is forced out of self-imposed exile when he is summoned to the deathbed of Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi), an old Navy pal with one last wish: he wants Harry to seek out another old friend, Dave Kagan, and ask his forgiveness for some horrible wrong that Tom, Harry, and their other close friends committed when they were all still in the military. These men were once like Harry’s family, and Kagan was much more than that, but Harry has avoided them most of his adult life. Traveling thousands of miles -- and across three decades of suppressed memories and emotions -- Harry must now face each of his old buddies, and must ultimately find the courage to face Dave Kagan. Until he does, he will never be able to face himself.

Handsome Harry
hits theaters on April 16. Check out the trailer for the film above, and for more information, visit the film's official site here.

Previously
> Coming soon: Eat, Pray, Love

Handsome Harry is the latest film by Bette Gordon, whose 1983 feature, Variety, remains a signal work of the early American “indie” movement. Heading an impressive ensemble cast, Jamey Sheridan (The Ice Storm, Syriana) portrays the title role -- a divorced man, alienated from his grown son, whose life is defined by a number of casual relationships but no intimate ones. A loner by choice, Harry is forced out of self-imposed exile when he is summoned to the deathbed of Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi), an old Navy pal with one last wish: he wants Harry to seek out another old friend, Dave Kagan, and ask his forgiveness for some horrible wrong that Tom, Harry, and their other close friends committed when they were all still in the military. These men were once like Harry’s family, and Kagan was much more than that, but Harry has avoided them most of his adult life. Traveling thousands of miles -- and across three decades of suppressed memories and emotions -- Harry must now face each of his old buddies, and must ultimately find the courage to face Dave Kagan. Until he does, he will never be able to face himself.

Handsome Harry
hits theaters on April 16. Check out the trailer for the film above, and for more information, visit the film's official site here.

Previously
> Coming soon: Eat, Pray, Love

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