Won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2005.
'Forty Shades of Blue' tells the story of Laura (Dina Korzun), a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older music legend (Rip Torn), and the personal awakening she experiences in the wake of her unfortunate affair with his estranged son.
Alan James is a legend in Memphis, a white man who produced black music back in the heyday of Memphis Soul. Now in his later years, he’s still living the high life in a comfortable house in the right part of town with his girlfriend, Laura, a Russian beauty whom he met on tour in Moscow. Laura spends most of her time alone, raising their three-year-old son, Sam. A stranger in Memphis, she lives an comfortable but alienated life. Alan also has a grown-up son, Michael, with whom he has a complicated relationship fuelled by jealousy, disappointment and anger. When Michael returns home for the first time in many years, the initial hostility he radiates towards his father's 'girl' develops into something much more, and a messy, dangerous affair ensues. In the bars and bedrooms of this very contemporary city, a love triangle forms, illuminating the hearts and souls of these three tangled lives.