Farewell, My Love (2008)
Written and Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Natalie Portman and Aubrey Graham
US Box Office Gross: $57,366,011
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Plot: An army private (Aubrey Graham) and his fiancee (Natalie Portman) spend their last 24 hours together before the soldier deploys to Iraq for 18 months.
Trivia: Farewell, My Love was filmed in Austin, Texas. Graham becomes a fixture in the hipster Austin scene playing open mic nights mostly covering Aaliyah and Janet Jackson songs and frequently appearing at craft beer brewpubs. Rubbing shoulders with the students of The University of Texas inspires him to get his GED.
Noteworthy Awards: Official Sundance Film Festival Selection, Palme d'Or or winner at Cannes Film Festival, Academy Awards Best Picture nominee.