VIFF Review: ‘Lucky’ is the perfect swan song for Harry Dean Stanton

VIFF2017 / Lucky

A man lives alone in a small house in town so small you’d probably miss it if you blinked driving down the highway. He’s never been married, and he has no kids. He starts each day with a cigarette, a vigorous yoga routine in his underwear, and a walk into town to do his morning crossword and see his friends.

I’m sure this wasn’t exactly Harry Dean Stanton’s real-life, but _Lucky_ is clearly a movie about Harry Dean Stanton.

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My Favourite Harry Dean Stanton Performances

A few days ago the world got a little dimmer. Harry Dean Stanton passed away at the age of 91. Celebrity deaths don’t generally hit me that hard but this one did. Stanton is the kind of actor that elevated every project he was a part of, whether he was in a lead role or a quick cameo. Roger Ebert once said that any movie with Harry Dean Stanton in a supporting role couldn’t be all bad and for my money that is a true statement.

He has one film left to come out, this years ***Lucky*** (pictured above). I’m looking forward to seeing ***Lucky** at VIFF next week and it is one of the films I’ve been anticipating most. I imagine now, as the last performance of a legend, it may take on a bittersweet quality.

Stanton has left a staggering filmography and each entry has a notable performance. Here now I’d like to share with you my favourite three by way of tribute to his amazing career.

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