A Gus Van Sant film.
Rooney as: Annu
Genre(s): Drama | Biography
Written by: John Callahan (novel), Gus Van Sant, Jack Gibson, William Andrew Eatman
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Other Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, Beth Ditto
Release Date: May 11, 2018
Production Budget: –
Total Worldwide Gross: –
Filming Locations: Portland, Oregon
After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.
John: It’s bad. It’s really bad. I can’t move. I can’t feel my body, and where I can, it just hurts. I can’t take a whiz or anything. I just feel like I’m going fucking crazy.
Annu: Yeah. Yeah, it doesn’t sound like it’s going too well.
Annu: Yes, you’re very good looking. That hasn’t changed. And you have tremendous strength. You’ll go on to have a wonderful life. I can tell.
John: I make prayers to God, you know. I remember all the promises to God and the pacts with the devil made by characters in Dickens or, like, Rosemary’s Baby to, you know, like change history and make things better or escape horrible fates.
Annu: And what do you say to God?
John: I say, “Please, don’t let me be paralyzed.” I just can’t be paralyzed. Things work out for John Callahan. I’m just not one of the ones who ends up paralyzed. I just can’t be.
Annu: And what about when you’re talking to the devil, John?
John: Oh. My God, Annu, look at this. “Harmonious male backpacker into making 16th century stringed instruments seeks radical feminist household which will not tease me about my testicles.” I mean, is this fucking real?
Annu: It doesn’t seem that strange, John.
John: It doesn’t?
Annu: You’re just living in the past.
Peter Debruge, Variety: If anyone seems out-of-this-world in this ensemble, it would be Rooney Mara as Annu, the heavily accented Swedish physical therapist who cares for him so well, Callahan eventually sets out to seduce her. Movies have a way of making such courtships seem like foregone conclusions, and yet, there’s a wonderfully grown-up quality to their initial flirtations (we sense that this is the first woman he has ever seen as more than an immediate conquest) that’s nicely offset by the gleefully immature way he whisks her about town astride his wheelchair.