As the power is shut off and the fridge runs empty, an aging and debilitated man contemplates a life full of loss and mistakes. As he relives his significant memories, he hopes to move past the pain and forgive himself.
Initial release: March 8, 2019 (USA)
Director: Michelle Schumacher
Music composed by: Nima Fakhrara
Producers: Michelle Schumacher, Randle Schumacher, Eric Radzan
Screenplay: Michelle Schumacher, Tony Cummings
Film synopsis :
Even though it’s his 60th birthday, Steve (J.K. Simmons) has confined himself to his home. The tragedies of his past have emotionally overwhelmed him, and he spends his days wallowing in alcohol and the silence of his unkempt home. With numerous mementos and titbits scattered around him, he reflects on the memories that have brought him to this point.
We flashback to his time as a child in the swinging 1960s (Iain Armitage, who will soon be seen as the lead in the upcoming sitcom Young Sheldon); where the difficulties of his parents marriage (Mandy Moore and Max Greenfield) sets him down the wrong path.
Accompanying this we see him in the 80s/90s as a middle-aged adult (Sebastian Stan); and witness how the lessons and pain of the past shapes the relationship with his wife, Karen (Maika Monroe).
Bouncing back and forth between all three time periods, it is revealed how decisions and actions, both big and small, have brought Steve to the low point he finds himself in the present day.
|Directed by||Michelle Schumacher|
|Music by||Nima Fakhrara|
|Edited by||Michelle Schumacher|
|Distributed by||Gravitas Ventures|
J.K. Simmons holds the spotlight as a broken old man in the trailer for Michelle Schumacher’s drama, I’m Not Here. For years, Simmons made his trade as a celebrated character actor, playing everyone from Peter Parker’s delightfully loud-mouthed boss J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy to Ellen Page’s good-natured dad in Juno. However, since his Oscar-winning turn as the music conservatory instructor from hell in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash four years ago, Simmons has started to get the spotlight to himself, more and more often.
While he’s continued to show up in everything from Justice League to Jason Reitman’s political drama The Front Runner, Simmons now has his own TV series in the form of Starz’s acclaimed sci-fi thriller Counterpart. He also plays the lead in I’m Not Here, his second collaboration with Schumacher after the comedy 3 Geezers! (which also marked the latter’s feature debut as director). The film arrives in theaters and On Demand next March, following its world premiere at the 2017 Raindance Film Festival and its screening at San Diego’s annual film festival earlier this year. In the meantime, a trailer has been released online, ahead of its debut.
As the trailer demonstrates, I’m Not Here is a showcase for not only Simmons, but also Sebastian Stan as the younger version of his character. It Follows’ Maika Monroe also plays an important role here, as do Mandy Moore, Max Greenfield, and Young Sheldon’s own Iain Armitage. You can watch the trailer below, followed by the film’s official synopsis.
By the sound of it, I’m Not Here (which Schumacher also cowrote) moves back and forth in time in an effort to explore how toxic masculinity and conformity to gender roles not only poisoned the relationship between Steve’s parents (Moore and Greenfield), but also his own marriage to Karen (Monroe) when he was a younger man. The juxtaposition between warmly-lit scenes in Steve’s past and the increasingly darker glimpses of his failures as a husband – culminating with shots of an older and emaciated Steve shuffling around his shadowy home in the present – is pretty effective in the trailer, which bodes well for the film itself. Really, any movie that gives Simmons the spotlight is doing something right, and having Schumacher calling the shots only improves the odds of I’m Not Here making for an interesting study of a man trapped by his own flawed sense of masculinity.
Get ready for a star-studded sadness from I’m Not Here. Seriously, there are no more stars in the sky because they’re crying in this trailer. J.K. Simmons plays Steve, a man who’s haunted by his past and relives each painful moment when he interacts with the objects in his home. Steve is also portrayed by Sebastian Stan and Young Sheldon’s Iain Armitage. Steve’s parents are played by Mandy Moore and Max Greenfield.
It Follows star Maika Monroe plays Steve’s super dead wife. I’m Not Here is co-written and directed by Simmons’ wife, Michelle Schumacher. On a barely related note, isn’t it weird that both I’m Not Here and I’m Not There feature multiple stars in a single role? Get Cate Blanchett on the horn, and ask her why she’s not in this.