Committed

Director: Lisa Krueger
Screenwriters: Lisa Krueger

Institute History

  • 2000 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Committed is an adventuresome romp into the nature of romantic commitments that combines an eclectic comic touch with genuine insight and verac-ity. In this fanciful contemporary fable, enlivened by an exceptional and distinctive performance by Heather Graham, writer/director Lisa Krueger once again plays with our expectations to create a wonderfully absorbing and mischievous tale about love’s bonds (her Manny and Lo played in the 1996 Festival). Joline (Graham) is madly, deliriously in love with Carl (Luke Wilson). She loves him so much she’s willing to tattoo her wedding band on her finger and overlook transgressions like the fact that two weeks after their marriage, he decides to go find himself by taking a job in the Southwest (they are New Yorkers).

Even though she’s not quite sure where he is anymore, she takes off on an odyssey to save her marriage and fulfill their vows. When, after a journey filled with misadventures and perils, she succeeds in tracking him down only to discover the obvious, she still stakes him out and endeavors to bring him back into the fold.

Whether or not any of this quest makes sense is certainly questionable, but with the aid of her brother, a Chicana girlfriend, and an old Mexican medicine man, Joline emerges as an innocent and naïve woman operating in a world where social mores and inhibitions have lost their meaning. Combining a decidedly quirky, even farcical, tone with a querying, thoughtful sensibility, Krueger succeeds in fashioning an engaging, yet reflective, examination of social conduct and individual tenacity.

— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details

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