"Lucky life isn't one long string of horrors and there are moments of peace, and pleasure, as I lie in between the blows." Gerald Stern Mark, a man in his thirties, travels to the beach with his wife Karen and his friends, Jason and Jerry in a trip he organizes to support Jason, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. It begins as a romantic journey, rooted in nostalgia and desire for a meaningful farewell, but the time is threatened by distractions and disillusionment. Karen is expecting and expresses her fear of losing the baby. Jerry is full of cynicism because of Jason's disease, and Jason surprises Mark with the denial that death is imminent. Jason beckons Mark to believe he will get well, and Mark begins to wonder if miracles are possible.
The idea for "Lucky Life" came from two sources. The first is naturally from Gerald Stern's book of poetry by the same title, which I had begun to read while editing "Munyurangabo". Among other life disruptions, I had been struggling with the loss of one of my closest friends to cancer and felt the need to begin working on a more personal and biographical project. Reading Gerald Stern's poem was a revelation, encapsulating many of my feelings about the tragedy and crisis surrounding my life at the time. The second inspiration came after "Munyurangabo" premiered at Cannes; I traveled with family through Spain, visiting a number of cathedrals in Catalonia. These cathedrals influenced my ideas of cinema as a medium for creating spiritual space - not one that conveys ideas or emotions alone.