Big Sur focuses on the point in Jack Kerouac’s life when, overwhelmed with success and struggling with alcoholism, he retreats to his publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur, which eventually inspires his 1962 novel of the same name. Although his time begins with quiet moments of reflection and solitude, he is soon struck by loneliness and hightails it to San Francisco. Drinking heavily, he embarks on a relationship with his best friend Neal Cassady’s mistress, Billie and everything begins to unravel. Michael Polish’s film is both a poetic meditation and a love-letter to the work of an author who defined the Beat Generation.
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