Bette Gordon Films
Handsome Harry (2009)
Starring: Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, John Savage, Titus Wellier, Karen Young, Bill Sage
Harry (Jamey Sheridan), a well liked, long divorced middle aged man takes off suddenly for Philadelphia to visit Tom (Steve Buscemi), a dying Navy buddy. “We became men together,” Tom reminisces in his hospital bed - rites of passage that torment Harry, who continues to seek out friends from the service to assuage his guilt over a heinous act of betrayal and cruelty. Each visit serves as a set piece for the pathologies of white mid-life manhood, entitlement, repression, rage, self-pity. Gordon films every encounter with a hesitant empathy, maintaining just the right tone before Harry’s lushly romantic final reunion.
“Deeply moving. Top-notch performances and astute direction"
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“Stunning! Gordon’s way with screen storytelling is as impeccable as ever.”
- Kevin Thomas, LA Times