“Lucky” is a brave portrait of the life and philosophy of Harry Dean Stanton, fictionalized.
The directorial debut from actor John Carrol Lynch (“The Invitation,” “Fargo”) probably won’t appeal to all filmgoers — it’s an existential experience, a thought-provoking vignette grappling with mortality, loneliness and the inevitable anxiety of facing the void at the end of existence.
Stanton’s Lucky is a 90-year-old atheist living in a small town with no known relatives, progeny or any immediate family. Lynch walks us through the routines of such a man — a cigarette is lit before getting out of bed, the cigarette rests in an ashtray as Lucky does his morning yoga stretches, a chilled glass of milk is downed straight from the refrigerator and then replaced. Lucky’s routine reflects his Zen-like, hard-edged philosophy.
For fans of Stanton, “Lucky” is a simple pleasure indulging in the mannerisms, thoughts and style of one of the most iconic character actors in cinema. Accompanying Stanton through this thing called being is David Lynch, who has a supporting role as Lucky’s closest ally and drinking buddy. James Darren appears as a suave storytelling barfly holding court in their local watering hole.
With nods to some of Stanton’s earlier roles such as Bud in “Repo Man” (1984) and Asa Hawkes in “Wise Blood” (1979), “Lucky” holds a tortoise’s pace but is layered with myriad avenues of thought and exploration.
“Lucky” screens again at 8:15 p.m. March 13 at Alamo South, 6 p.m. March 15 at Alamo Ritz and 3 p.m. March 18 at Alamo South.