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After a suicide attempt, Lucas, a young homeless man in New York City, is taken in by Jacques, the gruff owner of a small bar. Jacques is on his fifth or sixth heart attack, and he wants Lucas to run the bar after he dies. Jacques has many rules: don't be friendly, don't serve walk-ins, no food or flowers or candles, put the cash in the freezer every night. Lucas, on the other hand, has a good heart: he gives his money away, he talks to customers, and, when April, a young French woman who has washed out of flight-attendant school, enters the bar chilled to the bone, Lucas takes her in. If Jacques won't tolerate April, what will Lucas do?Written by
Lucas (Paul Dano) is homeless in New York. His failed suicide attempt sends him to the hospital where he is befriended by his roommate sour bar owner Jacques (Brian Cox). Jacques has a bad heart and wants Lucas to take over his bar 'House of Oysters' when he's gone. Jacques serves his regulars with a standoffish respect and hates walk-ins. He gives Lucas new clothes and a haircut. To his horrors, Lucas gives away espressos to the homeless and is friendly with the customers. One rainy night, distraught flight attendant April (Isild Le Besco) walks into the bar. There is the usual cast of characters, and a duck.
This is a dark New York fable with two amazing leading men. None of these characters are particularly endearing although Lucas has his charms. Jacques is a grumpy old man. There are plenty of dark quirkiness. It rambles a bit. The ending is problematic. While the accident is a nice dark turn, I don't like where Jacques ended up. I would have preferred him working at the bar in the end as it fades to black. It's disappointing and an unengaging way to finish.
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