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WORCESTER _ A young, talented girl follows her muse and finds her soul mate in a dingy bar, even though these two coming-of-age lovers aren't old enough to drink.
If you are saying to yourself that this scenario sounds like something that would happen in the movies and at Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner, you are right on both counts.
"The Greens Are Gone," the latest movie to be filmed in Worcester, completed a daylong shoot Monday at the popular watering hole at 148 Grove St.
Michael Kristoff, one of the film's producers, has nothing but praise for the local hot spot.
"Ralph's Diner is kind of incredible," Mr. Kristoff said. "We couldn't have built a better set for this particular scene. It's really been great."
In the dysfunctional-family indie-film, Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener ("Being John Malkovich," "Capote" and Seinfeld's "Chapter Two" girl) plays Nancy Green, a matriarch who's trying to hold her fractured family together, Mr. Kristoff said.
"Two of the siblings are suffering from bipolar disorder," Mr. Kristoff explained. "The youngest sibling begins to unearth a part of the family's past, which causes a lot of drama to come to the forefront of things and, ultimately, ends up bringing the family closer together."
The film also stars Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride"), Anton Yelchin (best known as Chekov in the J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot) and Anne Starke (the daughter of Glenn Close; in her film debut), as well as "Saturday Night Live" alums Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon.
"The film is definitely a dark drama but it has a little bit of lightness that certainly Maya helps bring to it," Mr. Kristoff said. "And the movie, ultimately, I think, ends on a hopeful note."
"The Greens Are Gone" is the work of first-time director and screenwriter Peer Pedersen.
"Peer has written a really cool script and he's directing the picture," Mr. Kristoff said. "We have a terrific cast. It's a testament to Peer and his script that it has attracted all these really good actors."
The key scene filmed at Ralph's featured Kaitlyn Dever (who plays one of Tim Allen's daughters on "Last Man Standing" and starred in "Laggies" with Keira Knightley) and Austin Abrams ("Gangster Squad"). There were 35 background extras.
"Kaitlyn's character is singing at an open mic night kind of thing. And Ralph's is supposed to be a bar that is no place for a 17-year-old but she sort of snuck in here," Mr. Kristoff explained. "Her oldest sibling character is a successful pop star who is estranged from the family and that's played by Riley Keough (the eldest grandchild of Elvis and daughter of Lisa Marie Presley). So Riley is a singer and she sings in the movie and, now, the youngest sibling is trying to follow in her big sister's footsteps."
In the scene, which takes up three-and-a-half pages of the script, Kaitlyn's character sings a syrupy ''70s hit (Mr. Kristoff was mum on what it was) that plays into a sequence of events, the co-producer said.
"The two characters are both 17. They're experiencing a very 17-year-old-esque love story," Mr. Kristoff said. "The Kaitlyn character is singing and the Austin character has a side job where he films these open mic nights for 40 bucks."
Mr. Kristoff said the film's location department scouted all over Massachusetts for the right bar, and when they saw Ralph's, they knew they had found it. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]