LOVE & MERCY is a biographical film directed by Bill Pohlad (producer of 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life) about singer-songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and received positive reviews.
The film is presented in a parallel narrative covering two specific time periods of Wilson’s life: the 1960s and the 1980s. Paul Dano and John Cusack play the young and old Brian Wilson, respectively, with Elizabeth Banks as Wilson’s second wife, Melinda, and Paul Giamatti as psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.