Lorelei is a 2020 American drama film written and directed by Sabrina Doyle in her feature debut. It stars Pablo Schreiber, Jena Malone, Amelia Borgerding, Parker Pascoe-Sheppard and Chancellor Perry.It had its world premiere at the Deauville American Film Festival on September 9, 2020. It was released on July 30, 2021, by Vertical Entertainment.Lorelei 2021 .
The film had its world premiere on September 9, 2020 at the Deauville American Film Festival, where a jury presided over by Vanessa Paradis awarded it the Jury Prize. It was previously set to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020, but this was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film subsequently got invited back to the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, screening outdoors in Manhattan as part of the 20th anniversary edition of the festival. During its festival run, Lorelei also picked up Audience and Jury Awards at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg and the Jordan Ressler First Feature Award at the Miami International Film Festival. In March 2021, Vertical Entertainment acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. It was released on July 30, 2021
A shaky narrative is given ballast by two vivid and well-matched leads in Sabrina Doyle’s exasperating, sporadically touching feature debut, the blue-collar melodrama Lorelei. As former high school sweethearts reconnecting amid dire socioeconomic circumstances, Pablo Schreiber and Jena Malone hustle to overcome movie-ish dialogue and clichéd story dynamics, investing their life-bruised characters with authentic feeling. They’re enough to make you care about the film — and the people in it — even at its clumsiest.And clumsy it often is. A collaboration between writer-director Doyle and The Florida Project producers Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy, Lorelei feels stuck halfway between male weepie (à la last year’s prison-set The Mustang or, to cite a superior contemporary example, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler) and romantic two-hander. The film ends up tilting toward the former, suggesting its makers’ misguided belief that Schreiber’s character, an Oregon ex-convict trying to scrape a life back together, is the more interesting of the pair.