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"Had John Cassavetes directed Love Story, it might have turned out looking and sounding something like Mercy" -New York Times
"A romantic drama of deceptively modest ambition. Indeed, its modesty is what makes its very real virtues -- a tart, literate script, an adroit balance of humor and pathos, a memorable onscreen collaboration between star-scribe Scott Caan and his father James -- so cumulatively impressive" -Variety
"Smart dialogue and fine acting" -TimeOut Chicago
"The film's strengths are in the performances. Scott Caan is effective as a heartless creep, Wendy Glenn is devastating as a woman so assured she can perform verbal emasculation, and James Caan relates with his (own) son in scenes that inspire speculation the screenplay might be a little autobiographical" -Roger Ebert
Johnny Ryan (Scott Cann) is a successful and very cynical romance novelist who does not believe a word he writes about love. At the launch party for his latest book, his world is suddenly turned upside-down by the beautiful and mysterious Mercy (Wendy Glenn), the only major critic who dislikes his work. Mercy sees through his "teetering on charming" exterior and exposes his egotistical core. In spite of these circumstances, or perhaps because of them, he asks her out and she surprisingly accepts his offer. Their casual flirtation turns into a passionate affair and against all his better instincts, Johnny finds himself falling in love with her. Their relationship becomes serious and Johnny begins to reluctantly learn about maturity and becoming a responsible person for someone whom you truly love and wish to protect.
Featuring a moving on-screen collaboration between Scott Caan (who also wrote and produced the film)and his father (legendary actor James Caan), and also has a stellar supporting cast including Dylan McDermott and Erika Christensen. Mercy, the film debut of Patrick Hoelck, a well-known photographer whose still images have appeared in such publications as Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, has made a film which explores the struggle of maintaining a relationship, and the possibility of losing it all.
Directed by Patrick Hoelck, 2009, U.S.A., 87 mins.