‘Your name is 3.14 something?’
Lullaby for Pi follows the story of a musician named Sam (Rupert Friend) who is recently getting over the death of his partner Josephine, and lives in the hotel room where they first met. Soon, he strikes up an unlikely romance with an artist named Pi (Clemence Poesy), who hides out in his bathroom.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I watched the movie. The premise of the film sounded a bit quirky, but it was executed well enough to be watchable. Rupert Friend is a surprisingly good singer and pianist, though from past viewings of his other films he just tends to throw himself in the role, making himself believeable to the part. If you want to hear him sing and play the piano, then go ahead and watch the movie. I especially liked the duet between him and Pi. As for Clemence Poesy, I had previously seen her in films like Harry Potter, and she played the part of Pi incredibly well.
However, at times, the film seems a bit all over the place, though I would definitely watch it again to pick up on the bits that I did not notice the first time that I watched it. The characters are not just cardboard cutout stereotypes, and they all had real emotions. You have the lonely pianist who hangs out in his hotel room the whole time, you have the rebellious guy who just wants to play the piano, much to his father’s dismay, and you have the rather insecure artist. Had I known about this film at all when I was in college then I would have done an art piece inspired by this movie and I would have somehow gotten hold of a Polaroid camera. The film definitely teaches you that art and music is a way to express yourself and your feelings and emotions.
This film, however, did not go down very well with the critics, and I can partly see why. So far, I haven’t read a positive review about the film. The movie does not exactly appeal to everyone, and at times, the dialogue is admittedly a little cheesy. The soundtrack, however, is fantastic.
Overall, a decent and rather quirky film that manages to embrace its quirks and come out with a good, watchable movie with remarkable actors in it. It also stars Forrest Whittaker.