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Low Down (2014)

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A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1970s jazz scene.


Jeff Preiss


Amy Albany (as Amy-Jo Albany), Topper Lilien | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hawkes ... Joe Albany
Elle Fanning ... Amy-Jo Albany
Glenn Close ... Gram
Peter Dinklage ... Alain
Flea ... Hobbs
Lena Headey ... Sheila Albany
Caleb Landry Jones ... Cole
River Ross River Ross ... LaPrez
Taryn Manning ... Colleen
Billy Drago ... Lew
Tim Daly ... Dalton
Myles Cranford ... Desk Clerk
Burn Gorman ... Parole Officer Wiggenhern
Sandha Khin Sandha Khin ... Alain's Redhead
Eddie Rouse ... Group Leader


A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1970s jazz scene.

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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

27 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Decadência de Joe Albany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,500, 31 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,500, 21 November 2014
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Best film of 2014
27 January 2015 | by flikemediaSee all my reviews

Not really sure how this film has such a mediocre rating on here yet so little reviews. I'm really starting to question the validity of the ratings on this site. Starting to think that monkeys have figured out how to use smartphones and have begun rating movies.

2014 was probably the worst year for movies I've encountered in my 34 years on this planet. I've watched everything that has received acclaim from critics and was left unimpressed with most of what I've watched. A few weeks ago I would have told you that the best film I had seen in 2014 was "A Most Violent Year." That doesn't say much for the quality of films that we've had thrown at us for the past year.

Low Down was a belated entry into my 2014 picks. Actually, watched it in 2015. I'll keep it simple. This IMO was the best film of 2014 and not just cause it was a crappy year for movies. Low Down would be a contender for me any year. This is detailed and slow paced storytelling that doesn't care if the majority audience suffers from ADD. Watch it!

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