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Starring: Grace Kaufman, Pico Alexander, Jacques Colimon, Cherry Jones, Jason Segel, Ji-young Yoo
OUR RATING: ★★½
A24 and Apple TV+ drama directed by Josephine Decker. The Sky Is Everywhere (2022) centers on 17 year-old Lennie Walker (Grace Kaufman), a shy musician who is struggling after the sudden loss of her older sister, Bailey (Havana Rose Liu). When the charismatic new guy at school, Joe Fontaine (Jacques Colimon), enters her life, she finds herself drawn to him. However, Lennie’s uncertain relationship with Bailey’s devastated boyfriend, Toby (Pico Alexander), starts to affect Lennie and Joe’s budding love. Through her vivid, visceral imagination and conflicted heart, Lennie navigates first love and first loss.
Our Favorite Quotes:'It's such a colossal effort not to be shattered by what was lost, but to be enchanted by what was.' - Fiona (The Sky Is Everywhere) Click To Tweet
Lennie: There were once two sisters, who shared the same room, the same books, the same thoughts at the same moment. The older sister walked ahead of the younger one so the younger one always knew where to go.
Bailey: Which do you like better? Green or the blue?
Lennie: The blue.
Bailey: You didn’t even look up, Lennie.
Lennie: Fine. The green. Really, Bailey, I don’t care what shirt you wear.
Lennie: [narrating] It turns out she wore the blue. Turns out those were the last words I ever spoke to my sister.
Lennie: There was no more music in me. Not one note. There were no more dreams in me. And just like Cathy and Heathcliff, from Wuthering Heights, I’ve lost the one person on Earth who understood me.
Lennie: [referring to Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend] He is not interested in talking to me.
Fiona: Go. The kid is out of his tree, running loose through the park. Right along with the rest of us. I know you never liked him much, but come on. She was the love of his life.
Lennie: The weirdest part of grief, the most inappropriate part is that all of a sudden, since Bailey died, I can’t stop thinking about just falling into someone’s arms.
Sarah: Lennie! You made it! Did you get my texts, my emails, my Morse code, my skywriting?
Rachel Brazile: [to Lennie, referring to Joe] Don’t even think about it. He’s like so out of your league. Anyway. When’s the last time you had a boyfriend again? Oh. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Never.
Lennie: There were once two sisters who were not afraid of the dark. Because the dark was always full of the other’s voice.
Lennie: Wait. You followed me? From band?
Joe Fontaine: No. Just, you know, I had this sudden urge to go for a run with my guitar on my back down a long, dark creepy road.
Joe Fontaine: Uh-huh.
Lennie: I mean, it’s literally called “California’s enchanted forest”.
Lennie: I don’t want to play some untapped duet with you. Okay? And I don’t want to be first chair! And I am not applying to Juilliard!
Joe Fontaine: Okay. Fine, dude.
Lennie: No. No, nothing is fine, “dude”.
Lennie: I wish my shadow would get up and walk beside me.
Lennie: No one at school gets it.
Toby Shaw: I don’t think it’s possible to get it. Unless you’re in it, like we are.
Fiona: All we can do is love the world as she loved the world, with daring, and spirit, and joy. It’s such a colossal effort not to be shattered by what was lost, but to be enchanted by what was.
'The absolute worst thing you can imagine in life can happen at any time. The absolute best thing you can imagine can happen at any time too.' - Lennie (The Sky Is Everywhere) Click To Tweet
Bailey: [flashback] Why can’t you ever be happy for me about Toby?
Lennie: You’re just so different now. I miss how it used to be.
Bailey: I’m in love, Lennie! Maybe one day you’ll put down Wuthering Heights and live your own life.
Lennie: Hey, maybe one day I will!
Lennie: [to Toby] You know, it’s possible you’ve taken the whole strong, silent type thing a little far.
Lennie: [after Toby tells her that him and Bailey were getting married] “We” were going to Juilliard together! “We” were going to room together in New York. That was the plan! And she and I, we are the “we”. And she was waiting to apply when I did. So we could be there together.
Lennie: You know, I don’t know how I’m going to do it. Day after day without her, forever.
Toby Shaw: Oh, Len. Me neither.
Lennie: You miss her as much as I do. I can feel it.
[they start kissing]
Lennie: Once, I decided I wanted a heart like Bailey’s instead. I took her medication for days. Waited to get prettier, cooler, funnier. Waited to sing in my sleep. I waited to eat petals off flowers. Waited to move through the world like music.
'Grief and love, I don't think we get one without the other.' - Fiona (The Sky Is Everywhere Trailer) Click To Tweet
Lennie: [calling Bailey’s voice mail] I don’t know what to do. Bailey, I’m so sorry. Nothing like that will ever happen again. I promise. Never, ever. Can you send me a sign you forgive me? Please. Anything. I’ll know.
Lennie: [just then she sees Joe playing his guitar in the street] Him? He’s the sign, Bails? Oh, my God. He is. Joe Fontaine is the sign.
Lennie: I keep calling her voice mail. How did you guys get through it when my mom died?
Big: I’m not sure that we did. Len, I’m sorry, but I’m just not sure that you ever do. It was you guys who saved me back then, moving back in with my mom to help raise you two. All of a sudden I got these wobbly little drunks. Just banging into everything. Especially you.
Lennie: You are like my dad, Big.
Big: You’re like my dad too.
Lennie: Do you believe in signs? Like from the beyond?
Big: I believe in everything.
Lennie: Big, what if you did something terrible?
Big: Don’t do it again.
Lennie: Yeah. Okay. What if you want to? What if you can’t stop thinking about it?
Big: Ah. Got it. Welcome to the human condition, kid. Try thinking about something else maybe?
Lennie: [referring to Joe] He loves Wuthering Heights too? He’s my Heathcliff.
Lennie: Sarah, I have to tell you something. And if I don’t say it right now, I never will. Something happened with Toby.
Sarah: Something like “something”, or something like “something”? Oh, no. It was Toby’s “it”?
Lennie: When we hugged. Once. But it gets worse. We kissed. Like we really kissed.
'Grief is a house that disappears each time someone knocks at the door, that buries itself into the ground while everyone is sleeping.' - Lennie (The Sky Is Everywhere) Click To Tweet
Sarah: [after Lennie told him about kissing Toby] I don’t know what to say. I can’t believe you would do that. And him. But how could you do that? God, Lennie, it’s like you’re someone else. And…
Lennie: And what?
Lennie: No. Say it.
Sarah: Fine. And I don’t know if I like her.
Sarah: Lennie, I love you, and I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now.
Lennie: No, you can’t! But Toby actually can.
Lennie: When I’m with Toby, there is someone with me in my grief. Someone who knows its architecture as I do, who can walk with me from room to sorrowful room, making the whole rambling structure of wind and emptiness not quite as scary, as lonely, as it was before.
Lennie: [referring to Bailey] I know I shouldn’t say this, but I can’t stop thinking that the better one of us was taken. That it should’ve been me.
Toby Shaw: Oh, no. She’d hate for you to feel that way. I hate for you to feel that way.
Lennie: You’re the only person I can tell these things. I’m so guilty that I’m still here.