Lymelife 2009

Lymelife (2009) is an independently-produced comedy/drama written by brothers Derick Martini and Steven Martini, & directed by Derick Martini, depicting aspects of their life in 1970s Long Island from the perspective of a teenager.

The film stars Alec Baldwin, Rory Culkin and Emma Roberts. Martin Scorsese was executive producer. The score of the film was written by Steven Martini and performed by his band The Spaceship Martini.The film debuted at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, in September 2008 and won the coveted International Critic’s Award (FIPRESCI)

Plot: Set in late-seventies Long Island, Lymelife follows two families who crumble when tangled relationships, real estate problems and Lyme disease converge in the heart of suburbia. Fifteen-year-old Scott Bartlett is a gentle boy, radically different from his blustery father Mickey and tightly wired mother Brenda. An outbreak of Lyme disease, as well as the accompanying paranoia, hits their suburban community hard. When the Bartletts’ neighbour Charlie Bragg is diagnosed with the illness, Brenda calms her fears by duct-taping Scott’s cuffs shut. Despite the onset of this mysterious ailment, the two families are quite busy. Since Charlie is unable to work, his wife Melissa must keep the income flowing herself. She is hired by Mickey, who is the developer of an enormous subdivision, and though this gesture is a friendly favour, it is also patently motivated by lust. Mickey’s history of philandering is one of the many things upsetting his wife Brenda, who yearns for the comfort of their old neighbourhood in Queens. And growing up amid this marital cocktail is Scott, who has been in love with the Braggs’ daughter Adrianna for all of his young life. The news both good and bad is that she is starting to return his interest.

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