Originally Posted by oink
What an overlooked movie this is!
Yes, it is. Heard about from a friend, and was skeptical at first. Once I started watching, I was hooked right away. It's very European in its set design, color palette, pacing, and cinematography, and I mean that in a very positive sense. Few would mistake this for an American production -- again, I mean that in a very positive sense -- even though much of the story takes place in the US.
It works really well and is a sad, poignant, and bizarre tale. Sean Penn and Frances McDormand (always love her) turn in great performances, and the newcomer Eve Hewson who plays Mary is wonderful. We're going to see more of her in the near future. EDIT: I should have added that Eve Hewson is the beautiful daughter of U2's Bono (a/k/a Paul Hewson).
I also loved seeing Harry Dean Stanton appear in a brief role. He's an acting treasure and never fails to amaze. Oh, and David Byrne is in it briefly too, in case you couldn't guess from the title.
Anyway, really good offbeat film. Not everyone will enjoy it, but for those with an open mind who can appreciate odd little films, this one can delight.