“Oh Lucy! is an inventive story that's remarkably relatable. What makes the sympathetic Setsuko so wonderfully charming is a combination of Atsuko Hirayanagi's story and direction and Shinobu Terajima's endearing performance.”
- Kristy Strouse, Film Inquiry
“Hirayanagi locates both a sharp vein of absurdist comedy and a bitter, melancholy undertow.”
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, stuck in a drab life in Tokyo. At least until she's convinced by her niece, Mika to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named "Lucy." This awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears and Setsuko learns that he and her niece were secretly dating, she flies across the world to the outskirts of Southern California in search of the runaway couple. Director Atsuko Hirayanagi deftly mixes humour, great performances and poignant character study.
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