The Merry Gentleman
A delicacy of tone transforms Michael Keaton’s The Merry Gentleman from what might have been a pedestrian tale into a beautifully romantic fable. Directed, photographed, and performed with a precision and style that mark a distinctive directorial debut, the film begins with a woman (Kelly Macdonald) who leaves an abusive relationship to begin a new life in a new city, where she forms an unlikely and ironic relationship with a suicidal hit man (unbeknownst to her). Enter a worn, alcoholic detective (Tom Bastounes) to form the third party in a very unusual triangle, and this dark, soulful, sometimes-funny story begins to unfold. Directed by and starring Michael Keaton, written by Ron Lazzeretti, executive produced by Paul Duggan and Tom Bastounes, produced by Steve Jones. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.
The Chicago Premiere of THE MERRY GENTLEMAN was presented at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on April 7, 2009, earning nominations for multiple Best of the Midwest Awards, winning Best Feature Film.