I encountered Hello I Must Be Going at the library, the title on the DVD box just jumping out at me like I had to rent it as a way to offset other darker choices like Deliverance and Nosferatu. I appreciate and love many film genres, although science fiction is a little tough for me, and I would say independent films are at the top of my list.
Hello I Must Be Going, directed by Todd Louiso (you know, that guy Dick in High Fidelity and one of the screenwriters on Macbeth last year), and written by Sarah Koskoff definitely fits into the indie genre and style on screen.
It was the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 with critical acclaim and really, for me, is without flaw.
Melanie Lynskey is Amy in the film, a divorced woman living at home with her parents until she figures her life out again. She soon realizes she doesn’t just need to figure out her life post-marriage, but all the missteps along the way even before her relationship started.
The uncertainty in Amy’s life while she is with her parents again causes a connection with a younger man, Jeremy, who is equally lost in his ways and not sure what he wants to do.
It’s not a healthy relationship by any means and it borders on destructive for Amy and Jeremy and their parents. His parents are potential clients for Amy’s father as he approaches, supposedly, retirement and hers are watching her next move and worried about where she will go next.
A recurring theme in the film is it will all work out in the end despite problems that may occur along the way–problems that are almost necessary for the characters to find their true path in life.
Lynskey delivers a subtle, yet powerful, performance and easily embodies her character and the dynamic she has with her mom (played by Blythe Danner) and dad (John Rubinstein) as they face their own life decisions brought to light in some ways because of Amy’s return.
Hello I Must Be Going adopts the minimalist style synonymous with indie films and effectively studies its characters and their emotions together for a story abou