Last summer a friend of mine randomly brought this film over to watch one night. What followed was, despite the dorky poster, a great little indie film starring Lou Pucci, Jena Malone, Maura Tierney, and the supercool Zooey Deschanel, and featuring the music (and a cameo) of M. Ward. Now this is also significant if you are a fan of musical act She & Him which is composed of, you guessed it, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.
The film is about a young man named Mercer (Lou Pucci) who sets out to locate his estranged brother to inform him that their mother has died. Mercer impulsively steals a car, and the owner (Zooey) calls him on her cell phone which she had left inside. They proceed to have continuing dialogue as Mercer continues on his quest to locate his long-lost sibling. There are a series of vignettes in which Mercer encounters various eccentric folk on his journey, and the scenery is gorgeous as he dreamily flows through Oregon, Nevada, and California.
The film is heavily autobiographical, according to writer-director Martin Hynes, who after losing his own mother to cancer and having his marriage collapse, set out on a soul-searching road trip. Martin Hynes, also an actor, starred as George Lucas in the previously mentioned short film George Lucas In Love, by Joe Nussbaum.
I've included a dream sequence from the film (hmmmm, there could be a whole post on good dream sequences!). Have a gander, if it catches your interested, go rent the film! I put on it my stamp of approval.
I found a better poster for it: