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Song One (3/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 86 minutes.

OK for children

This is the kind of a movie that gives Indies a bad name. The brother of Franny (Anne Hathaway), Henry (Dan Rosenfield), who is kind of an itinerant singer–guitar player, has an accident and is lingering in a coma in a hospital. Franny spends a lot of time sitting by his bedside waiting for him to come out of it (tick, tock, tick, tock).

She apparently feels guilty because they have been sort of estranged. When the film mercifully cuts to scenes of her having a love affair with a prominent, popular folk singer James Forrester (Johnny Flynn), one realizes how comparatively action-packed it was to watch her sitting by her brother’s bedside.

There’s a lot of talk, a lot of shots of James and Franny thinking, and some dialogue between Franny and her mother, played by Mary Steenburgen. The music’s not bad, though.