Film and TV

Phoenix Film Festival Spotlight: Alev Aydin's Lonely Boy

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On the surface, Lonely Boy seemed torn directly from indie favorites like Lars and the Real Girl with I Heart Huckabees. The uniqueness of the film's script and plot is where it distinguished itself. Without pretension, the characters speak openly to one another in a realistic manner, even though some of those characters are just in Franky's mind.

After a few nagging visits from his incredibly concerned sister Betsy (Melora Walters) and a blind date gone horribly wrong, Franky's sure he'll spend life with only his hallucinated companions by his side. When Franky meets Alex (Natalie Distler), a grocery store clerk with a spunky, spontaneous edge, it's hard to tell if she's really there or just another elaborate delusion formed by his psychosis.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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