Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Lucky

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Lucky

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LUCKY

Directed by John Carroll Lynch (Magnolia Pictures, 2017)

Harry Dean Stanton died on September 15, 2017 at the age of 91. This was just after completing the film Lucky, in which Stanton plays a man named Lucky who is approaching the end of his life and contemplating the reality of death and the meaning of existence. It's a powerful convergence and gives Lucky an even more momentous and sobering dimension.

Yet it's important not to become too nostalgic when viewing Lucky, lest we breeze over its challenging perspective. The film tackles two important aspects of life--aging and death--and it does so experientially and philosophically. We watch the slow routine of Lucky's days that Stanton imbues with great feeling and dignity. An unexpected fall leads to a doctor's visit and the uncomfortable suggestion of assisted living. We witness the care and concern of neighbors reaching out to try to help this fiercely independent man. …

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