Looking for an Echo
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"Looking for an Echo" (the title comes from Kenny Vance's 1996 album) is about an Itarian middle-aged man Vince (Assante) whose wife had passed away, and lives now with his son, an aspiring musician. And Vince himself, back in the 1960s, was the leader of the hit chorus group "Vinnie and the Dreamers," but is now totally retired from spotlight. But when he meets and falls in love with a nurse Joanne (Venora), who happens to have been a huge fan of his group, he gradually feels the impulse he had long lost. As Vince reunites with his old buddies, he knows, and we know, that his love for good-old songs are never dead.
Though my summery may lead you to think that the film goes on with a big showdown in sight, the fact is different. The story gives more stress to the budding relations between Vince and Joanne (and his son), showing how they come to love (or understand) each other. Songs are playing a major part, but their roles are aptly subdued, with a script that cleverly avoids clithed moments. The film unfolds very quietly, letting us into the close picture of family and friends that every viewer can relate to.Read more ›
Thirty years ago Vinnie was a teen idol and the front man for Vinnie and the Dreamers, a doo-wop group from Brooklyn. Now, Vinnie is in his late forties and works as a bartender in Brooklyn. His wife died years ago of cancer. He has two sons at home, just starting to make their way in the world, but his teenage daughter is in the hospital with serious cancer.
Vinnie hadn't dated a woman since his wife died. He's very bitter over the Dreamers because he never benefited financially. He gets together socially a few times with old group. A reunion is planned, but it seems they all have resentments and grudges that need to be resolved.
It's a very nice portrayal of an Italian-American family in Brooklyn. The close relationship between Vinnie, his two sons and daughter gave me a warm feeling, especially between the father and sons.
One of Vinnie's sons is just breaking in as a pop musician and song writer. His musical presence gives a nice, contemporary balance to the doo-wop. As a musician, he is able to connect with his father, and he gently prompts him to get on with his life. As a film about a retired doo-wop singer, I felt the vocal performances of the doo-wop could have been better. But who knows, maybe they didn't want this to be labeled simply a , "Doo-Wop," movie. All elements in the movie were extremely well balanced.
I enjoyed the Bay Ridge setting, since we used to live on the edge of Bay Ridge. The accents, the buildings, restaurants, and the clothes were all the real Bay Ridge. The Italian-American thing is not overdone.
Some might say the movie is slow or dull, but it take a while for the story to build. The spirit of the music keeps it from getting too heavy. I doubt others will enjoy it as much as I did...
If you love music, and have heard some fifties music, the kind that you just have to involuntarily sway and bob to....then this is your movie. It's wonderful, with a storyline and characters completely full bodied. And the music! Armand Assante playing against his usual form. And Diane Venora, a character so charasmatic, Assante isn't the only one that falls for her. We do, assisted by the best music score in a film since the Commitments! I love this movie! Makes me smile...."FEEL GOOD!".
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I love Armand Assante, especially in Fatal Instinct, but this movie was horrible from the start and never improved. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Margaret Schomann
Enjoyed this movie. It had a little of everything in it. It was funny at times, sad, and acting was good. It's a thinking back kind of movie.Published 10 months ago by teri
The music is fine, although "I Swear" is used a little too frequently. The plot is very weak. I had a difficult time trying to figure out what the premise is. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cordelia Peters
This was not an easy movie to find! I am so happy that I was persistent! This movie brought back so-o-o many memories! I purchased a used copy, that is in mint condition. Read morePublished 11 months ago by rosa rivera