Laurel Canyon - Poster

The poster for "Laurel Canyon"

Genre: Drama
Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko
Produced by: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Susan Stover
Key Cast: Jane: Frances McDormand
Sam: Christian Bale
Alex: Kate Beckinsale
Sara: Natascha McElhone
Ian: Alessandro Nivola
Links: Laurel Canyon | Official Movie Site | Sony Pictures Classics

LAUREL CANYON tells the story of a rock producer whose straight-laced son and his fiancée move from back east to Los Angeles to finish their medical degrees. Once they move into the producer’s home, complications ensue when the fiancée finds herself drawn to the rock-star lifestyle of the producer and her current, much younger lover, and the son finds himself attracted to a fellow med student.

Full Synopsis
LAUREL CANYON is a street that runs through the heart of the Hollywood Hills, joining the stolid, middle-class environs of the San Fernando Valley to the heart of the city of Los Angeles. The canyon is notable for its varied residents through the years and has served, and continues to serve as home to many rock stars, musicians, performers, producers, and the like. Among its current residents is Jane, a legendary record producer, who is producing an album for a British band whose lead singer Ian is her much younger lover. Jane and the band are creating the album in her Laurel Canyon house where she has a recording studio.

Jane’s son Sam and his fiancée Alex are both recent graduates of Harvard Medical School. Conservative, solid and serious, the couple find it necessary to move to Los Angeles to complete their studies: Sam is completing his Residency at the renowned Hausman Neuropsychiatric Institute, while Alex is intent on completing her dissertation on Drosophilia Genomics. Jane has offered her Laurel Canyon home for them to stay in, promising that it will be vacant. But when Sam and Alex arrive Jane and the Band are still working in Jane’s home recording studio to complete the album. Sam and Alex begrudgingly stay at Jane’s house until they can find an alternative place to live.

Once in the house, however, things begin to slowly unravel. Alex’s attraction to Jane and Ian’s freewheeling lifestyle and Sam’s hesitancy about renewing a relationship with his wayward mother as well as his growing attraction to fellow medical resident Sara slowly fill the house with tension and doubt…