FILM CRITICS RECOMMEND ALAN RUDOLPH’S ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’ FOR SUMMER STREAMING – NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS PICK

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Returning to the cinema world after a 15-year-break, director Alan Rudolph’s ‘Ray Meets Helen’ is an old-fashioned, comedy-drama full of mistaken identities, love triangles, lost dreams. Watch ‘Ray Meets Helen’ on Amazon today: https://amzn.to/2KY9VCW.

Los Angeles, CA – June 8, 2018 –

This is the Rudolph touch: an ability to have his genre-infused cake and to eat it too.” – Slant Magazine, Chuck Bowen on ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’.

Longtime and celebrated director for titles like ‘Choose Me’ (1984), ‘Trouble in Mind’ (1985), ‘The Moderns’ (1988), and ‘Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle’ (1994), Alan Rudolph has returned to Hollywood after almost a decade with feature drama, ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’, which bears Rudolph’s signature hallmarks of intertwining characters whose lives will be altered by their meeting and the element of chance.

Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, Keith Carradine and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, Sondra Locke, ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’ follows Ray (Carradine) and Helen (Locke) separately, both stalled in their middle aged years haunted by their failed and missed opportunities. “In Ray Meets Helen, Rudolph offers a sampler course of his greatest hits, dusting off a number of stock characters and situations […] and mixing them up into a cocktail of glamour, glitz, and the dime-store philosophy that one savors in genre films,” wrote Slant Magazine’s Bowen.


Image Caption: BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MAY 06: (L-R) Keith Carradine, Sondra Locke, Alan Rudolph and Steven J. Wolfe attend the screening of Alan Rudolph’s ‘Ray Meets Helen’ at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 on May 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images).

Both hampered by life’s material challenges – Ray is divorced and struggling at an insurance company, while Helen is a bankrupt California farmer seeking for a bank loan. With a dash of good luck, the characters are suddenly blessed with the good luck of endless free money, allowing the two enjoy their newly improved lives. When Ray and Helen unexpectedly cross paths, both originally falling for the other’s “new” enhanced, persona, fulfilling the large void of loneliness and irrelevancy of old-age love. “In Ray Meets Helen, a sense of encroaching irrelevancy parallels the invisibility the characters feel, informing the narrative with a haunting and auto critical echo effect,” Bowen continued.

However, life’s ability to strip away their newly adopted, external trappings have Ray and Helen, hand-in-hand, falling in love with the other’s true selves. Brought together by destiny, Ray and Helen embark on a love-lost journey of a lifetime. Bowen described, “Rudolph understands the poignant, revealing silliness of such fantasies, which he lightly parodies and profusely indulges. This is the Rudolph touch: an ability to have his genre-infused cake and to eat it too.”

‘RAY MEETS HELEN’ is a “Rudolphian mixture of romantic comedy, quasi-existentialist bull session and old-fashioned romantic rapture […with] mistaken identities, love triangles, lost dreams,” exemplified News Review’s Juan-Carlos Selznick. Describing Rudolph’s film as “a pleasing eccentric and ramshackle comedy-drama”, CN&R film critics have recommended ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’ for summer streaming. 

With support from Academy Award nominee, Jennifer Tilly (‘Bound’, ‘Liar Liar’, ‘Seed of Chucky’), Keith David (‘The Thing’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘The Princess and the Frog’) and Samantha Mathis (‘American Psycho’, ‘Little Women’), ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’ was selected as a NYT Critics Pick. As a great romantic, Rudolph’s film leaves residues of sentimentality, a longing for companionship, and just how fragile love can be. Watch ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’ on Amazon today: https://amzn.to/2KY9VCW.

Producers for ‘RAY MEETS HELEN’ are Ernst “Etchie” Stroh of Moonstone Entertainment, who also produced Rudolph’s Academy Award-nominated feature, ‘AFTERGLOW’, and Steven J. Wolfe (‘500 Days of Summer’) of Sneak Preview Entertainment, with Lesley Ann Warren, Keith Carradine and Sondra Locke as executive producers. The film is available on several VOD platforms.

RAY MEETS HELEN (2017, 100 min.) Directed and written by Alan Rudolph. Editor: Jason Erickson. Cinematography: Spencer Hutchins. Original Music: Shahar Stroh. US, English. Moonstone Entertainment, TriCoast Entertainment.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Moonstone Entertainment – Moonstone Entertainment is a production, financing and distribution company for theatrical quality films. Moonstone’s Etchie Stroh has produced feature films for a number of internationally renowned filmmakers, including Robert Altman (Cookie’s Fortune), Michael Radford (Dancing At The Blue Iguana), Mike Figgis (Hotel), and Palm d’Or winner Chen Kaige (The Promise).

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