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Vivienne (Sarah Jessica Parker), is an established singer/songwriter with a successful music career. On the eve of a major performance, Vivienne receives some life-altering news that causes her to reevaluate her priorities. As she crisscrosses the busy streets of New York City, she tries to balance her upcoming music tour, family, and friends. With the support of her overbearing mother, Jeanne (Jacqueline Bisset), her long-time manager, Ben (Common), and her ex-husband, Nick (Simon Baker), Vivienne strives to make peace with the decisions and sacrifices she’s made along the way.

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  1. October 2018: The film was in Completed status.

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Vivienne (Sarah Jessica Parker), is an established singer with a successful music career. On the eve of a major performance, Vivienne receives some life-altering news that causes her to reevaluate her priorities. As she crisscrosses the busy streets of New York City, she tries to balance her upcoming music tour, family, and friends. Through interaction with her overbearing mother, Jeanne (Jacqueline Bisset), her long-time manager, Ben (Common), and her ex-husband, Nick (Simon Baker), Vivienne strives to make peace with the decisions and sacrifices she's made along the way.

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  • davidehrlich

    Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Fabien Constant’s “Blue Night,” a sensitive but shallow homage to 1962’s “Cléo from 5 to 7,” is that it convincingly validates the idea of updating the Agnès Varda classic. The worst thing that can be said about it is that it peaks with a Sarah Jessica Parker cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now” during the closing credits, but we’ll get to that later.

    The story of a beautiful young woman’s brush with mortality, Varda’s film used the timelessness of its premise as an opportunity to contextualize the topical despairs of the day, which ranged from the ongoing Algerian War to Édith Piaf’s recent stomach ulcer surgeries. Seen through the eyes…

  • B E R T

    People always seem to want to hate on SJP, commenting on her appearance in really rather cruel ways, yet conveniently forgetting just what a stellar actress she is. There’s something so comforting about watching her, it’s like visiting an old friend, every time I hear her voice I’m filled with warmth and happiness, so in saying that, I really enjoyed Here & Now.

    It’s supposedly a loose remake of a French film called Cleo from 5 to 7, which I haven’t seen so I can’t really compare, but me just watching it as a film of its own and not a remake, I found it rather charming and quaint.

    It’s pretty quiet and not much at all happens, but for fans of SJP I’d suggest giving it a watch, her acting is lovely and the film pulls at your heartstrings.

  • Dawson Joyce

    Hopelessly contrived and about as exciting as watching grass grow on a Chia Pet, Here and Now is a dull, aimless, and painfully shallow attempt at an existential character study in which the more it goes on, the less you care about said character.

  • Gareth Rhodes

    One of the heaviest films I have seen in a long time...and I choose the first day of the year to watch it.

    Here and Now is one long stream of sadness, hardly punctuated by any light. Sarah Jessica Parker is good, carrying her trademark Carrie Bradshaw style as she walks around Manhattan in spike heels digesting a devastating diagnosis.

    It didn't make me cry or laugh but I commend the more reserved approach of not trying to manipulate the audience with tropes. That said, the movie is so airless that you'll feel like opening a window afterwards.

  • Lindsey WEBER

    the episode of sex and the city when Craig Bierko plays Carrie like a stand up bass

  • blythe roberson

    what if Cleo From 5 To 7 but without the dramatic tension

  • Lasile

    Some very descent looking men in this movie to keep my heart beating but, what a shitty movie!

  • Trina DeMattei

    This movie is not great. It’s pacing is off and the director meant well. I have to see the film it is based on. 

    Yet SJP managed to make me feel and I was in tune with her story. Which, in the end, isn’t that what we want from a good flick?

  • ErjaStark

    This movie only gave me like 2 scenes with Simon Baker but his thicc arms made up for that. Would have given it 5 stars if he had taken off his shirt.

  • Ken Stetzer

    Came for SJP. Stayed for Zellweger dropping ash on her tit and Kinneys back tat.

  • simon evans

    Easily Sarah Jessica Parker's performance of a lifetime. My second movie this week dealing with someone dying and it was quite something. Vivienne (Parker) is told she has a very aggressive brain cancer which gives her months to live. The movie follows her every step in inwardly dealing with this fact, offering the viewer the superb acting ability of the Sex and the City star, seen here in a very different light and looking better as an older woman.

  • Elisa

    part of the Renée Zellweger not knowing how to properly hold a cigarette Cinematic Universe

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Here and Now is a bleary, boring misstep for Sarah Jessica Parker: EW review

Here and Now (2018 movie)

In order to be at least halfway decent, day-in-the-life movies must reconcile with a certain fact: Most days in most lives are very, very dull.

In Here and Now (originally titled Blue Night), Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Vivienne, a successful touring singer who’s so isolated from her family and friends that she’s forced to bear the terrible news that she’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor alone. And so, instead of reckoning with it, she flits about her day, going from rehearsal to shopping to an impromptu meetup with friends, without ever really connecting with anything. The premise — an homage to the 1962 Agnès Varda film Cléo From 5 to 7 — works in spurts. A scene in which Vivienne shops for a dress feels intimate and carnal; an accidental run-in on the sidewalk with friends (only to realize they haven’t spoken in so long that they’ve become mere acquaintances) is heightened by the magnetic Renée Zellweger, barely concealing her suburban rage behind a cheerfully swirled glass of wine.

But for most of the film, Parker’s Vivienne is bland and forgettable. A scene where she sleeps with the drummer in her backup band is supposed to be titillating but instead feels perfunctory. As does a scene in which Vivienne, speaking French, argues with her mother (Jacqueline Bisset). There should be some context, some emotion here, and yet the scene is as thin and cheap as a Forever 21 shirt. It may look nice, sophisticated even, but it’s going to fall apart after one wash.

By the time Simon Baker appears as Vivenne’s ex-husband, Nick, the fact of her absence as a mother and spouse already feels eye-rollingly obvious. Yes, yes, she didn’t have time for childcare because she’s been touring. It’s something known rather than something felt, a fill-in-the-blank character development.

The film is perhaps embodied by a scene in which Vivienne sings in a club, performing well but not in a way that evokes any real emotion, either in her or in us, the audience. Maybe her detachment was a choice, to critique or pay tribute to Left Bank filmmaking. Or maybe director Fabien Constant confused melodrama for flatness. With no humor to elevate Here and Now, you wouldn’t be remiss to just flip to an old episode of Sex in the Cityinstead just to remember that it’s possible to have fun with SJP, and with New York.

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Here and Now (2018 TV series)

Here and Now is an American drama television series created by Alan Ball.[2] The series consists of 10 episodes and premiered on HBO on February 11, 2018.[3] Starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, the series focuses on a contemporary multiracial family in the Portland area.[4] The show's plot involves many issues including race, identity, and mental illness.

On April 25, 2018, HBO cancelled the series after one season.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Holly Hunter as Audrey Bayer, a therapist[4]
  • Tim Robbins as Greg Boatwright, Audrey's husband and philosophy professor[4]
  • Jerrika Hinton as Ashley Collins, adopted by the Bayer-Boatwrights from Liberia, now creator and owner of a retail fashion website[6]
  • Raymond Lee as Duc Bayer-Boatwright, adopted from Vietnam when he was five, now a successful life coach and womanizer[6]
  • Daniel Zovatto as Ramon Bayer-Boatwright, adopted from an orphanage in Colombia at 18 months, now a college senior studying video game design[6]
  • Sosie Bacon as Kristen Bayer-Boatwright, a junior in high school and her parents' only biological child[6]
  • Joe Williamson as Malcolm Collins, Ashley's husband and Duc's best friend, an assistant personal trainer for the Portland women’s soccer team[7]
  • Andy Bean as Henry, a free spirit who falls in love with Ramon[7]
  • Peter Macdissi as Dr. Farid Shokrani, Ramon's therapist
  • Marwan Salama as Navid Shokrani[2]
  • Necar Zadegan as Layla Shokrani

Guest starring[edit]

Production[edit]

HBO ordered the series in July 2016.[9]

Casting[edit]

On January 31, 2018, it was announced that Stephanie Arcila and Erin Carufel signed onto the series in the recurring roles of Mami and Wendy, respectively.[10]

Filming[edit]

The series is partially filmed in Portland, Oregon.[11]

Marketing[edit]

The teaser trailer of the first season was released in December 2017.[1][12]

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a 24% approval rating based 49 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 4.54/10. The critics consensus reads, "Here and Now clearly has a point it wants to make, but a nebulous plot and unfocused character development stand in the way of its potential."[23] On Metacritic, it has a score of 46 out of 100 based on 31 reviews.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ab"'Here and Now' trailer teases 'True Blood' creator's Trump-era HBO series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  2. ^ abPetski, Denise (August 9, 2017). "'Chance' Casts David Barrera; Marwan Salama Joins Alan Ball's HBO Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^Petski, Denise (December 19, 2017). "'Here And Now': Alan Ball's Series Gets Premiere Date On HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  4. ^ abcAndreeva, Nellie (February 21, 2017). "Tim Robbins To Star In Alan Ball's Family Drama Series For HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^Neille, Andreeva (April 25, 2018). "Alan Ball's Drama 'Here and Now' Cancelled By HBO After One Season". Deadline. Archived from the original on May 1, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ abcdAndreeva, Nellie (January 6, 2017). "Alan Ball HBO Series Casts Sosie Bacon, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee & Jerrika Hinton". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ abGoldberg, Lesley (February 24, 2017). "HBO's Alan Ball Drama Adds Pair to Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  8. ^Ollison, Rashod (February 9, 2018). "Hampton actor Trent Garrett stays busy with acting career". The Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  9. ^Andreeva, Nellie (July 30, 2016). "HBO Orders New Alan Ball Series, Extends Overall Deal With 'Six Feet Under' Creator". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  10. ^Petski, Denise (January 31, 2018). "'Here And Now': Stephanie Arcila & Erin Carufel Set To Recur In Alan Ball's HBO Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  11. ^"First look at HBO Portland-filmed series, 'Here and Now'". OregonLive.com. December 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  12. ^"'Here and Now' Trailer Reveals 'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball's New HBO Series". Collider. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  13. ^Metcalf, Mitch (February 13, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.11.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  14. ^Metcalf, Mitch (February 21, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.18.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on February 25, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  15. ^Metcalf, Mitch (February 27, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.25.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  16. ^Metcalf, Mitch (March 6, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.4.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  17. ^Metcalf, Mitch (March 13, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.11.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  18. ^Metcalf, Mitch (March 20, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.18.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  19. ^Metcalf, Mitch (March 27, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.25.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 28, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  20. ^Metcalf, Mitch (April 3, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.1.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  21. ^Metcalf, Mitch (April 10, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.8.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  22. ^Metcalf, Mitch (April 17, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.15.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  23. ^"Here and Now: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  24. ^"Here and Now". Retrieved March 20, 2018.

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Here and Now

Original title
Here and Now aka
AKA
Year
2018
Running time
91 min.
Country
United States United States
Director

Fabien Constant

Screenwriter

Laura Eason

Music

Amie Doherty

Cinematography

Javier Aguirresarobe

Cast

Sarah Jessica Parker,Simon Baker,Common,Taylor Kinney,Waleed Zuaiter,Renée Zellweger,Jacqueline Bisset,Gus Birney,Mary Beth Peil,Phillipa Soo,Michael Potts,Michael Izquierdo

Producer

Pretty Matches Productions,AMBI Group,Head Gear Films,Kreo Films FZ,Metrol Technology

Genre
Drama. Musical. Romance | Jazz. Disease/illness
Synopsis
A singer in New York gets a grim diagnosis that puts her life and dreams into perspective.
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Here and Now (2018 film)

2018 American film

Here and Now (originally titled Best Day of My Life and later Blue Night) is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed by Fabien Constant, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Simon Baker. It has been described as an homage to the 1962 Agnès Varda film Cléo from 5 to 7.[2][3] The film was shot in 16 days in New York City, and follows Vivienne (Parker), a singer who is diagnosed with a glioblastoma.[4]

It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2018. It was released in the United States on November 9, 2018, by Paramount Pictures.

Plot[edit]

The film starts with a close-up of Vivienne's (Sarah Jessica Parker) trembling blue eyes. Vivienne receives a call from her manager, Ben (Common), that she is late for a rehearsal. Afterwards, Vivienne finds out from her doctor, Dr. Marianne Holt (Mary Beth Peil), that she has a terminal brain tumor. After the visit with Dr. Holt, Vivienne walks aimlessly around New York City. She receives multiple phone calls from her mother, Jeanne (Jacqueline Bisset). Vivienne finally reaches the studio and is greeted by Ben. He informs her that she has an interview right after the rehearsal. As she approaches her bandmates, she apologizes for being late. She begins hugging everyone else except the drummer, Jordan (Taylor Kinney). After the rehearsal, Jordan asks Vivienne out for coffee and is refused due to the interview. Their fingers linger on his drum set, implying that they are in a romantic relationship. Afterward, Vivienne goes up to the second floor with Jordan. They begin making out passionately.

Afterwards, Vivienne continues to wander around aimlessly as she makes her way to the interview. She passes by a clothing store and buys an expensive dress. She then attends the interview but does not seem like she is into the conversation with the interviewer, Oona (Phillipa Soo). After the interview, Vivienne meets Ray (Michael Potts). Their conversation ends with Vivienne rushing off for her Lyft. Throughout her Lyft ride, Sami (Waleed Zuaiter), the Lyft driver, gets in a heated argument over the phone. Vivienne, visibly uncomfortable in her Lyft ride, demands to get off early. She returns home and is greeted by her mother who bombards her with questions. Vivienne becomes increasingly annoyed and replies rudely to Jeanne. Jeanne apologizes to her and leaves the kitchen. After drinking a glass of wine, Vivienne locks herself in her room, sees a picture of her daughter, Lucie (Gus Birney), and starts crying. She realizes what she has done to her mother and went out to apologize and hugs her. Subsequently, she recalls that she has left her dress in her Lyft and calls Sami to retrieve it. Sami arrives outside Vivienne's house to return her dress. As he is about to drive off, Vivienne halts him and asks if she can catch a ride. Sami rejects her request and drives off.

Vivienne arrives at her ex, Nick's (Simon Baker), house unannounced. Nick invites her to dinner and she politely declines. Vivienne decides to leave Nick's house. She bids Nick and Lucie farewell. She continues wandering around aimlessly and has a conversation with an older lady (Venida Evans). Vivienne then calls Ben to arrange a meeting. As she travels to their meeting spot, she happens upon her old friend, Tessa (Renée Zellweger). They have a conversation about their lives before Tessa returns to her birthday party. Vivienne then attends a performance in which Jordan is playing the drums. After the performance, she is invited to sing on stage. Vivienne sings the song "Unfollow the Rules" by Rufus Wainwright. She later has sex with Jordan at his apartment. She gets into a Lyft and meets Sami again, who drives her to Nick's house. Nick is dismayed that Vivienne has once again showed up unannounced. Lucie comes out of her bedroom to see what the commotion is about. Nick excuses himself to allow Vivienne some time with Lucie. In her bedroom, Lucie plays her song to her mother and is met with adoration by Vivienne. Before Lucie falls asleep, Vivienne expresses her regrets about not being there for her. Vivienne kisses Lucie goodnight and goes into the living room to see Nick watching an old French movie. They converse before Nick realizes something is wrong with Vivienne. Nick reprimands her for prioritizing work over what is actually important. Before they conclude their conversation, Nick wants Vivienne to update him about her condition before they decide how to disclose her condition to Lucie. Nick then holds her hand and expresses that he really does care for her and that he is scared. Vivienne then pulls her hand away from Nick and returns to Lucie's bedroom. She sits down beside Lucie's bed and spends the night shaking and weeping.

The next morning, Vivienne sneaks out of Nick's house. She returns home to pack for her surgery and leaves the house. She takes a Lyft and is chauffeured by Sami once again. While driving, Sami turns around to check out Vivienne, but Vivienne avoids eye contact and takes a nap for the remainder of the Lyft ride. She is later awakened by Sami. Outside the hospital, due to Vivienne's request, both Vivienne and Sami get out of the car for coffee. She begins walking away from Sami. While on the hospital bed, Vivienne removes her jewelry.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In July 2017, it was announced that Jacqueline Bisset had joined the cast in the role of Parker's mother.[5] Principal photography started in July 2017 in New York City.[6]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2018.[7][8] Shortly after, Paramount Pictures acquired US distribution rights to the film and set the film for a November 9, 2018, release.[9]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregatorRotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 23% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 4.03/10.[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on ten critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]

Peter Debruge of Variety found that "Constant can't decide whether Vivienne is keeping her emotions buried deep inside or wearing them on her sleeve, and because Parker plays it somewhere in between, we rely on other characters to elucidate the situation."[2] Rex Reed of The Observer similarly found the film "Bleak and paced with the energy of drops of water from a plumbing leak, Here and Now is deliberately slow, hoping to provide viewers a chance to share the torturous mental anguish Vivienne is going through. The process only succeeds in boring us to death. This is no fault of Parker, who also produced the film, but of Fabien Constant, an inexperienced film director best known for TV commercials, who is making his feature-film debut."

The film, widely considered an homage to Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), was negatively compared to the original. David Erhlich of IndieWire felt that "for an homage boasting a far more fatal outlook than Varda's original, it's frustrating and kind of perverse that Blue Night [Here and Now] should be so gentle. 'I'm not done yet,' Vivienne declares. But we never even see her get started." Erhlich also found that "a chance run-in with an estranged friend (Renée Zellweger, in a very welcome cameo) leaves all sorts of meat on the table, minutes of screen time wasted on the vague understanding that growing older requires people to tighten their emotional bandwidth."[3] In a mixed review, Dana Schwartz of Entertainment Weekly found that "the premise—an homage to the 1962 Agnès Varda film Cléo From 5 to 7—works in spurts" while praising the appearance of Zellweger, describing the film as "heightened by the magnetic Renée Zellweger, barely concealing her suburban rage behind a cheerfully swirled glass of wine." Overall she felt however, "for most of the film, Parker's Vivienne is bland and forgettable."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^"Here and Now (2018)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ abDebruge, Peter (April 20, 2018). "Tribeca Film Review: 'Blue Night'". Variety. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  3. ^ abEhrlich, David (April 20, 2018). "'Blue Night' Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines In a Dour Homage to Agnès Varda—Tribeca". IndieWire. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  4. ^McCarthy, Kelly (November 2, 2018). "Sarah Jessica Parker says deeply 'emotional' role as singer diagnosed with brain tumor hit close to home". ABC News. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  5. ^McNary, Dave (July 25, 2017). "Jacqueline Bisset Joins Sarah Jessica Parker's 'Best Day of My Life' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  6. ^Busch, Anita (July 11, 2017). "Renée Zellweger, Isabella Rossellini, Common & Others Join Cast Of 'Best Day Of My Life'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  7. ^Raup, Jordan (March 7, 2018). "Tribeca 2018 Lineup Includes 'Disobedience,' 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post,' 'The Seagull,' and More". The Film Stage. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  8. ^"Blue Night". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  9. ^Fuster, Jeremy (August 16, 2018). "Paramount Claims Rights to Sarah Jessica Parker's 'Here and Now'". The Wrap. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  10. ^"Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  11. ^"Here and Now Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  12. ^"'Here and Now' is a bleary, boring misstep for Sarah Jessica Parker: EW review". EW.com.

External links[edit]

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Here and Now is a dark purple scar of a movie about 24 hours in the life of a woman who has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. With blood tests, surgery, chemo and radiation, she might live another 14 months. Or not. Everything she does is a risk, nothing is guaranteed. For the rest of the movie, she passes the time in an understandable, though hardly cinematic, stupor.

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as singer-musician-songwriter Vivienne Carella, and the discovery of her tumor could not be worse. On the verge of opening a new show at Birdland, Manhattan’s jazz capital of the world, she is also celebrating the release of a new album and a world tour. Torn between sharing her bad news with friends and family, keeping it a secret and coping on her own, or doing nothing at all, she goes into shock, wandering the New York streets aimlessly in high heels. She is late for a rehearsal with her musicians. She does some unnecessary shopping, listens to snippets of conversation among total strangers, meets a reporter for a brief interview, buys an expensive dress which she leaves in the Uber that drives her home. Inside her apartment, she suffers another in a lifetime of unpleasant encounters with her annoying French mother Jeanne, played by a wasted but still ravishing Jacqueline Bisset (these days, with her age and experience, this terrific actress finds herself playing a lot of annoying mothers).

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HERE AND NOW ★
(2/4 stars)
Directed by: Fabien Constant
Written by: Laura Eason
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Renée Zellweger, Simon Baker
Running time: 91 mins.


Borrowed a bit too obviously from Agnes Varda’s 1962 French film Cleo From 5 to 7, the entire structure of Here and Now is episodically styled in a series of vignettes designed to give a dreamy cast a chance to excel in quiet cameos. Vivienne pays a visit to her estranged 16-year-old daughter Lucie (Gus Birney) and ex-husband Nick (Simon Baker), who both blame her for ignoring them in favor of her own career. She accidentally runs into an old friend (Renée Zellweger, unrecognizable with her new face). She stands up her manager and befriends the immigrant chauffeur who returns her purse. Nothing positive or meaningful ever happens. Suddenly it’s dawn and she heads for the hospital for another painful day of anxiety and misery.

That’s about it. Bleak and paced with the energy of drops of from a plumbing leak, Here and Now is deliberately slow, hoping to provide viewers a chance to share the torturous mental anguish Vivienne is going through. The process only succeeds in boring us to death. This is no fault of Parker, who also produced the film, but of Fabien Constant, an inexperienced film director best known for TV commercials, who is making his feature-film debut.

Nothing seems real, including the fact that the star is playing an allegedly legendary jazz singer without a single indication that she has any talent for the job. Although she looks weary and downbeat for good reason, she is touching and fearless in an underwritten role, and the considerable vocal chops she has displayed onstage in Broadway musicals serve her well, even when the movie doesn’t. But when she makes a guest appearance in a New York jazz club, the one song she sings turns out to be an atrocious piece of junk by Rufus Wainwright, while a classy standard by Harold Arlen or Rodgers and Hart would have shown her voice off better. Like the rest of the movie, the song unwisely chosen has nothing at all to do with jazz. Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Here and Now’ Asks: What Would You Do if Someone Gave You 14 Months to Live?

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