"Lane 1974" is a movie which occurs in the 60s-70s in a rather hippy culture where young people go against the rules. The film focuses on these young adults once they have become parents.
Directed by SJ Chiro and based on Clane Hayward's memoir "The Hypocrisy of Disco: A Memoir", the film follows the story of a family whose mother Karen (Kate Moennig), who renamed Hallelujah, lives with her three children whose fathers have completely disappeared.
Lane, her eldest daughter, aged 13, beautifully played by Sophia Mitri Schloss, does most of the child-minding.
When the movie starts, the family is ejected from a rural community in California. On the road, they meet another family who takes up residence on a school bus with Clarise, a single mother (Sara Coates), and her two children.
The two families decide to stay together and settle in a nice place where children can access a free local school, a kind of luxury.
But happiness will stop soon enough since Hallelujah will once again spoil everything. Her children used to move but this time they have enough. All of them are attached to Clarise, who is like a second mother, and Lane and Skype, Clarise's daughter, have become very good friends.
Things will get worse as the whole family will find themselves both without any means of transport but also without any shelter. Hallelujah decides to abrogate her parental responsibilities and thinks of leaving her children. Lane will have to make a decision to determine her future.
According to Variety, "Lane 1974" has a soft-edged, woodsy feel apt for the landscapes, lifestyle and era depicted, with a complementary soundtrack of acoustic folk-pop.
What it doesn’t have is a strong story arc — understandable given the rudderless nature of the characters’ lives, but somewhat problematic nonetheless.
We look forward to this film. For the moment, there is no official release date but the film will be screened at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona on June 3 (tickets) and at the Seattle Intyernational Film Festival on June 3 and 2 (tickets).