This is a release date I’ve been really, really looking forward to hearing. After getting brilliant reviews at Sundance at the start of the year, Celeste and Jesse Forever was very quickly picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, with the announcement coming within a matter of days.
The distributor has now set the US release for the film for 3rd August this summer, so if you’ve been looking forward to this as much as I have, that’s definitely a date to set in your diaries.
Our man in the States, Ty Cooper, caught the film’s world premiere back in January and absolutely loved it – you can read his five-star review of the film here to see why.
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, the script was co-written by Rashida Jones (The Muppets, Parks and Recreation) and Will McCormack (Brothers & Sisters), both of whom make their writing debut here, and has a terrific cast, led by Jones herself and Andy Samberg as the eponymous Celeste and Jesse, alongside Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, and McCormack.
“Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life.
Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do — she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.
The film is a humorous and honest examination of a broken heart and the long, hard road it takes to heal it.”
Alas, as is sometimes the way, we here in the UK haven’t yet got a release date scheduled, but I’m really hoping that the film’s European release will be coming at the same time, or very shortly afterwards. This is one that I cannot wait for, and summer sounds like the perfect time to see it on the big screen. More as we get it.