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Lonesome Jim

Director Steve Buscemi pushes the line between deadpan and dead in this low-budget 2005 indie about a listless sad sack (Casey Affleck) who quits New York City to move back in with his parents (Seymour Cassel, Mary Kay Place) in small-town Indiana. “I'm a fuckup, but you're a goddamned tragedy,” he tells his older brother (Kevin Corrigan), who's also living at home and who responds by driving his car into a tree. At one point screenwriter James C. Strouse name-checks the brilliant Richard Yates, whose fiction similiarly perches between grim humor and utter despair, but the movie's hip detachment is a far cry from the unruly passions of Yates's chronic losers. With Liv Tyler. R, 91 min.

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