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  • 15
  • Jake Scott (2009)
  • US
  • 110 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The crushing effect of grief is the main theme of this well-acted drama from director Jake Scott (son of Ridley). James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo play an Indianapolis husband and wife struggling to come to terms with the loss of their teenage daughter - he broods and has an affair, she is agoraphobic and brittle. But when Gandolfini decides to stay in New Orleans after a business trip and befriends a volatile, foul-mouthed stripper (Kristen Stewart, in a role that's a million miles from Twilight's Bella Swan), it's the catalyst for change in the lives of these emotionally bereft people. Scott's overly sedate second feature (after the bombastic Plunkett and Macleane) will win no prizes for originality, but it benefits greatly from the subtle performances of the two leads, particularly Leo (an Oscar winner in 2011 for The Fighter), who is by turns irritating, sweet, funny and insightful in a part that could easily have turned into caricature.

Plot Summary

A man haunted by the death of his daughter is drifting apart from his reclusive wife. While on a business trip, a chance encounter with a teenage stripper awakens his paternal nature, and he resolves to save her from her dangerous lifestyle. Back home, his wife tries to muster the confidence to rejoin the outside world. Drama, starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo.

Cast and crew

Cast

Doug Riley
James Gandolfini
Lois Riley
Melissa Leo
Mallory
Kristen Stewart
Jerry
Joe Chrest
Harriet
Ally Sheedy
Tara
Tiffany Coty
Vivian
Eisa Davis
Hamilton "Ham" Watkins
Lance E Nichols
Brenda
Peggy Walton-Walker
Sharon
Sharon Landry

Crew

Director
Jake Scott

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
High Fliers / Blue Dolphin
Guidance: 
Contains swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 18 Nov 2011
Certificate 15
Distributor:
High Fliers Films Ltd
Categories
Drama

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