Local Color

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The sweeping landscapes look flawless, but missing from Local Color’s canvas is any nuance in its human elements. A young artist (Morgan) is scorned, then embraced, by a reclusive veteran painter (Mueller-Stahl)—a curmudgeon who helps him master his art, fall for a beautiful neighbor and engage in a lengthy debate about art theory. The direction by painter George Gallo, paying tribute to his defining summer of 1974, mostly emphasizes the churning of narrative gears; his intentions are noble, but the emotions monotone. Like much fine art, it needs a little more texture.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday July 3 2009
Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Gallo
Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl
Trevor Morgan
Ray Liotta