STK-ATIC SUNDAY: BIG SUR

Two years after teaming with the Polish brothers on FOR LOVERS ONLY, Stana reunited with them in the big screen adaptation of the Jack Kerouac book BIG SUR.

The story is based on the time Kerouac spent in Big Sur, California, and his three brief sojourns to his friend Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s cabin in Bixby Canyon. These trips were taken by Kerouac in an attempt to recuperate from his mental and physical deterioration due to his sudden success.

The film debuted on January 23, 2013, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it received generally positive reviews. The film received a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 1, 2013.

Stana plays the role of Lenore Kandel, a beatnik poet who met Karouac and her then boyfriend Lew Welch.  This is the second role that Stana plays a counter cultural character in the year 2013 the other as Genya Ravan in CBGB.

The film revolves around the darkness and depression that centered around the main character’s life as his circle of friends try to bring him back to reality.   It is an all star cast featuring Katic,  Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth and Anthony Edwards. However, no matter how beautifully the film is shot, it cannot overcome the dark depression that encompasses it.

Although the role of Lenore was small, far smaller that it should have been, it might have been the most memorable.  Stana injected fun and spirit into a film devoid of any.  She lights up the screen in her scenes and makes you wish she was the lead, not a minor supporting player.  

In the end, the film is only worth watching for Stana and Anthony Edwards.  Despite their friendship, the Polish brothers did her no favors with such a small role.  They owed her more.

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