Starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in the lead, the drama-comedy is due out in the US this summer, having debuted to great reviews at Sundance earlier this year – our man in the States loved it, and you can read his five-star review of its world premiere here.
Co-starring Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Will McCormack, and Chris Messina, the film has Lee Toland Krieger behind the camera, directing from a script co-written by long-time friends Jones 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.”
The first trailer has debuted over at Apple, and it looks every bit as good as we’ve been expecting.
Celeste and Jesse Forever will be released in the US on 3rd August, with Sony Classics debuting it first in LA and New York that weekend, before opening in wider cities in successive weeks. No word on a UK release date yet, but here’s to hoping that that will soon change.