With special guests! Big Sur focuses on a moment in Jack Kerouac’s life when, overwhelmed by the success of his novel On the Road and struggling with alcoholism, he retreats to his publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s (Anthony Edwards) cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur, which eventually inspires his 1962 novel of the same name. Kerouac’s time begins with quiet moments of solitude and communing with nature. But, struck by loneliness, he hightails it to San Francisco, where he resumes drinking heavily and gets pushed into a relationship with his best friend Neal Cassady’s (Josh Lucas) mistress, Billie (Kate Bosworth). Big Sur equally examines the beauty of this time in the writer’s life, witnessed in the romance of friendship and the purity of nature. Jean-Marc Barr embodies Kerouac’s intelligence and masculinity, but also portrays him at his most contemplative and vulnerable. Luscious and breathtaking, Big Sur approaches a religious cinematic experience. –Sundance Film Festival

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100 min
Not rated
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Language: English
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival
Director: Michael Polish
Screenwriter: Jack Kerouac (novel), Michael Polish
Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Anthony Edwards, Kate Bosworth, Stana Katic, Radha Mitchell, Josh Lucas