Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writer: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Alessandro Nivola
Released: October 30, 2003
Rating: (MA)
Runtime: 103 minutes
Story: Laurel Canyon, a street that runs through the heart of the Hollywood Hills, has for decades been a sort of Greenwich Village of the West, home to many musicians, actors,artists and other bohemian types. Among its current residents is Jane, a veteran record producer, trying to come up with a hit single for a British band whose lead singer Ian is her much younger lover. Jane's son Sam and his fiance Alex are both recent graduates of Harvard medical school. Conservative and serious, the couple move to Los Angeles to complete their studies, planning to stay in Jane's home, which she had promised would be vacant. But when they arrive, Sam is distressed to discover Jane and the band still working in Jane's home recording studio. Jane's carefree lifestyle is anathema to Sam, who has devoted his life to being anyone but his mother's son. Sam and Alex begrudgingly agree to stay at Jane's house until they can find an alternative place to live. Once in the house, however, Sam and Alex's tight control over their lives begins to unravel. Increasingly, Alex finds herself seduced by Jane and Ian, leaving Sam adrift, vulnerable to the approach of fellow medical resident Sara. The Brit-pop sounds of Ian's band and the sunbleached southern California landscape set the tone for this rigorously honest exploration of relationships between people with wildly divergent world views.
Frances McDormand Jane
Christian Bale Sam
Kate Beckinsale Alex
Natascha McElhone Sara
Alessandro Nivola Ian
Louix Knox Barlow Fripp
Russell Pollard Rowan
Imaad Wasif Dean
Mickey Petralia Mickey
Melissa De Sousa Claudia
Alexandra Carter Darla
Michelle DeMirjian China
Rick Gonzalez Wyatt
Dennis Howard Mr. Elliot
Catherine McGoohan Mrs. Elliot