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A story of one woman's spiritual, emotional and creative transformation. One morning, "mouse-Burger" Melody, "Mel" Wilder is diagnosed with a terminal illness, fired from her thankless job and abandoned by her boyfriend. With nothing left to lose, given 2 months to live, she spends her entire life's savings renting an empty palatial loft in the Village. Thinking she'll never have to pay the piper, she lives off her credit cards, fills the loft with the fanciest products, sensually engages both the parcel delivery man and a pizza delivery girl and teaches herself to play the electric guitar she's craved since childhood. These life affirming experiences transform her irrevocably.

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Actress Amy Redford's directorial debut, The Guitar, pivots on a potentially risible concept made palatable by a charismatic cast: an attractive woman discovers she's dying, maxes out her credit cards, and indulges her every materialistic and sexual whim (and yes, Amy is Robert Redford's daughter). But what sounds like an art-house version of The Bucket List offers its own unique charms--at least for those who don't take it too literally. Moments after Melody Wilder (Saffron Burrows) finds out she has inoperable throat cancer, she loses her job and her boyfriend, leaving her alone and broke in New York City (Janeane Garofolo gives her the bad medical news). So, she abandons her basement apartment and moves into a cavernous loft, where she orders fancy outfits and furnishings, throws the refuse out the windows, and dines on take-out while dreaming of the red Stratocaster she coveted as a girl. Soon Mel’s life revolves around her new stuff and the kindly individuals who deliver it to her: the married Roscoe (Isaach de Bankolé) and engaged Cookie (Paz de la Huerta). All the while, the willowy Burrows, much like Ali McGraw in Love Story, makes listless and pale seem more glamorous than sad, but just as tragedy gives way to fantasy, Mel returns to reality once her credit runs out. As a how-to guide for the terminally ill, The Guitar won't win many points, but as a metaphor for spiritual emptiness, it gets the job done. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Saffron Burrows, Isaach De Bankolé, Paz de la Huerta, Mia Kucan, Adam Trese
  • Directors: Amy Redford
  • Writers: Amos Poe
  • Producers: Amy Redford, Amos Poe, Andy Emilio, Bob Jason, Brad Zions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L28J2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Guitar, The" on IMDb

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2009
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"THE GUITAR" marks the directorial debut of actress Amy Redford and focuses on the character of Melody "Mel" Wilder (Saffron Burrows), a woman who has one of the worst days anyone can live.

Mel has been laid off from her office job due to downsizing, then when she goes to meet her boyfriend and tell him the bad news, he tells her that he needs his space because she's suffocating him and leaves her. And what better way to end a crappy day by being told by your doctor that you are going to die from cancer and you have two months to live.

For Mel, having been diagnosed with inoperable cancer in her throat and losing everything in her life, she contemplates ending her life but manages to see an ad about a loft being rented out for a very short time.

Mel, decides that if she's going to die, she's going to enjoy her last weeks by doing the things that she dreams of.

She rents the pretty spacious and beautiful loft, ditches all her clothing (thus living in the loft naked) and with her three credit cards, starts going on a spending rampage. Ordering a Vera Wang mattress, ordering a genuine leather couch, and so many designer vases, lamps and clothing. She also decides to change her eating habits by straying away from her vegan life and eating whatever she wants, including expensive meals and putting it all on her credit card.

But each time she sleeps, in her dreams we see how Mel, as a young girl has always desired a red electric guitar. As a child that is passionate about music, her parents never could buy her an electric guitar but she feels that why not do it now. So, she buys top notch amps, speakers and a classic electric guitar and learns to play it.
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I enjoyed this movie. I felt the whole premise is about what would happen if you were completely freed from the normal boundaries of the day to day world and you could do anything you wanted - no longer locked into your current real world situation, no longer concerned with duties and the expectations of anyone around you, no longer contorted to fit into the box you've made for yourself in life. The path of the character made perfect sense to me. Saffron Burroughs did a fine job of acting, and her beauty is almost a kind of poetic element of the film. In many ways the movie was all about healing and restoration, both of the body and the spirit, through the freedom to breathe.
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The guitar is a story about a terminally ill woman, and her choice of living the last two months of her life. In one very bad day she is given the news that she has inoperable cancer, fired from her job and dumped. She decides to live what she believes to be the last couple months of her life renting a loft and buying anything and everything she ever wanted, including an electric guitar that she has wanted since childhood.

It really is a story about what you would do if you got the news that you had a couple months to live. It does take some suspension of disbelief to be sure, but if you can get past, or accept the more unbelievable parts it is a good movie. It definitely has an indie feel to it. It was not big budget by any means so it helps if you are already a fan of those kinds of films. Saffron Burrows does a very good job considering a lot of the movie is just her reacting to things as opposed to interacting with anyone else.

It will definitely not suit everyone's tastes and you can pretty much predict what happens as the movie plays out. That said however it if you like indie movies it is definitely worth checking out.
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I wavered between three or four stars but thought Burrows did a surprisingly good natural acting job. The supporting cast was good too. The storyline had a humorous flair with a feel good ending. This is not a blockbuster, just a small film with reasonably good entertainment value.
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I happen to be one of those who enjoy independent films, and this film fits the mold. A lot of people apparently did not like this movie. I think it is because they entirely miss the story's moral: Pursue the one thing in your life that brings you peace and happiness. I, for one, highly recommend this film.
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By SET on February 13, 2014
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The main character was incredibly well-acted. Some of the storyline was too unbelievable to be interesting. People don't act like that, people don't do those thing. That's the feel I got through a lot of it.

Basically I wanted to see more about how important her guitar was to her.

It was also touted as being "fiercely erotic". I wasn't interested in that aspect - I wanted to see an almost otherworldly bond between a person and their guitar/music. But, no worries, the movie wasn't even remotely what that phrase claimed. If anything it came off seeming very "skanky" at times.
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Great movie and makes me think differently about the guitar. Everyone thinks about the fame and taking life for granted. However, when life brings us to our knees it reminds us that the little pleasures are what life is about like just playing the guitar for fun.
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Amazing power of positive thinking... always knew but... This film takes a few unexpected turns and has a good ending, despite being a little odd here and there. Love the actress in this flick - very sexy. but it is not all about sex, rather that positive thought and action can make you feel better and heal more than the soul.
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