• Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

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Release Date: January 30th, 2009

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 2009

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 28 min

Plot Summary
Micah (Wyatt Cenac), a passionate social activist, meets affluent professional Joanne (Tracey Heggins) at a party. After getting drunk together, they have a one-night stand. The morning after begins uncomfortably, but eventually romantic feelings develop between Micah and Joanne. As they converse more deeply, they realize they are separated by an array of political and philosophical differences and must decide if these factors are more important than their budding relationship.

Cast: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins, Melissa Bisagni, Brent Weinbach, John Friedberg

Director: Barry Jenkins

Genres: Drama, Romance

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Under the subdued, dignified surface, this movie - about the 24 hours after a one-night stand - churns with a filmmaker's fascination and wonder, sadness and longing. show more

  • The film does not lack for ambition both in terms of its themes and artistic design. Consequently, his (Jenkins) feature debut, while not flashy, shows promise. Clearly, here is a young filmmaker who wants to tell stories rather than deliver shocks and sensation. show more

  • The film falters only when it eavesdrops briefly on a passionate public discussion of rent control and gentrification. The moment is out of keeping with the carefree nature of the rest of the movie. show more

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