so this is what happened to the boys from the Hacienda – they became the men sketching out an existence far, far, away from the troubles, keeping their heads down, trying not to bother anyone, to make a decent living, to hide out, to escape, from what – from Everything.
because that’s what we were all doing at the Hacienda.
from everything that everyone escapes from.
Robert Carlyle is Astonishing.
the pain behind-the-eyes.
the flick of the hair and the defiant gaze and the shot glasses and the guitar, un-played, in the corner, for years.
California looks gorgeous.
such a perfect place to escape to.
but we cannot ruin the ending for you as there are two Very Interesting Twists that you think you see coming but you don’t – there’s a very Hollywood turn – that the movie does not take and it makes you lean forward in your cinema seat, in the darkness, wondering how this will all play itself out.
and then the Mozart interlude.
just wait for that.
we needed a good cry.
of course not everyone made it out of the Hacienda.
but the movie is about them too.
when we get back to los angeles, we’re going to look more closely at the tired and beautiful people behind the farmers’ market stalls just in case we recognize any of them……