See an Unstable Josh Lucas in the First Trailer for the Stressed Out Comedy, ‘The Mend’
Still from The Mend via Cinelicious
With a slew of new independent films coming to theaters this August—from Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth or Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm—there’s certainly a lot to look forward to in the coming month. But for all the fantastic features set to finally have their theatrical release, you’re going to want to make John Magary’s The Mend your top priority. After seeing Magary’s the biting film of “brotherly hate” at BAMcinemaFest in 2014 we were immediately enamored with the Josh Lucas-starring film, noting that it was as “refreshingly playful as it is emotionally ferocious,” delivering, “absolute pleasure with a sardonic grin.” We went on to say that:
As the writer/director’s debut feature, the Josh Lucas and Stephen Plunkett-led film examines the wrought psychology of brotherhood, love, and madness. Set in Harlem and shot in the apartment where Magary and co-writers Myna Joseph and Russell Harbaugh all reside, The Mend explores what happens when short-fused and bizarrely engaging Mat (Lucas) reunites with his seemingly stable younger brother Alan (Plunkett) at a house party on the eve of a romantic vacation Mat had been planning with his girlfriend Farrah (Mickey Sumner). But when Alan comes home much sooner than expected, he finds Mat has made himself at home in the apartment, accompanied by his on-and-off-again girlfriend Andrea (Lucy Owen) and her son Ronnie. Returning without Farrah, a now vulnerable and temperamental Alan succumbs to the strange state of his apartment, and when the power goes out, is forced to come face to face with the delicate familial threads on the verge of destruction.
With the film’s release set for August 21 at IFC Center, the first trailer for The Mend has emerged and it’s as strange atonal as the movie itself. Check it out for yourself below and read our interview with Magary HERE.