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The Russian trophy-girlfriend of a playboy record producer upsets the delicate balance of a relationship already on edge when she becomes involved with his estranged son from a previous marriage.

Starring:
Dina Korzun, Rip Torn
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

Forty Shades of Blue

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Music
Director Ira Sachs
Starring Dina Korzun, Rip Torn
Supporting actors Darren E. Burrows, Andrew Lawrence Henderson, Elizabeth Morton, Joanne Pankow, Arielle Kight, J. Blackfoot, Red West, Jenny O'Hara, Jerry Chipman, Mary Jean Bentley, Charly Kayle, J. Allen Scott, Earl Randle, Charles 'Skip' Pitts, Don Pirl, Stuart Greer, Jennifer LaCapra, Lillie White
Studio First Look
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

What a boring movie.
D. Anthony Jones
It was nearly impossible to connect with any of the characters which made a nearly plot-less film drudgery.
kk02076
VERY SLOW and bad acting.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2006
Format: DVD
Subtle, nuanced and totally internalized, Ira Sachs' gorgeously evocative Forty Shades of Blue might be a bit too restrained for most audiences. It's a striking and terribly lonely character study of people aching to connect, and a truly delicate story of conflicted and damaged people, all faced with difficult choices.

Rip Torn - who last year probably should have received an Oscar nomination - stars as Alan James, a boozed out, aging Memphis writer/musician and record producer who is having a party in his honor. Alan is a bit of a philanderer and a bit of an egotist. We first meet him just as he is abandoning his gorgeous Russian trophy girlfriend, Laura (Dina Korzun) so he can fool around with another woman in a hotel room.

Laura is well aware of Alan's wayward ways and his penchant for adultery, but as a Russian bride, she's also cognizant of the fact that Alan can give her a life she could only have dreamed of back in Russia. She puts up with his raging, his infidelities, and his temper tantrums because she loves him - she's also full of gratitude - and also because they share a three year old son.

For his part, Alan deeply loves Laura, but his passion is tempered by deep-seated insecurities - he can give her the material, but perhaps not the sexual or spiritual. This is made even more palpable when Alan's handsome English teacher son, Michael (Darren E. Burrows) visits from California.

Michael has problems of his own. Stuck in an unhappy marriage with a newly pregnant wife, he is immediately attracted to Laura; part out of loneliness and probably because he sees in her a similar kind of vulnerability.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on January 1, 2007
Format: DVD
"Forty Shades of Blue" features Rip Torn as an acerbic, hard-drinking music producer in Memphis who, though greatly beloved by his fans and the people in the industry, is viewed somewhat differently by those who know him best. Despite his advanced age, he has a gorgeous live-in girlfriend, Laura (Dina Korzun), whom he met while on a business trip to Russia and, even though they seem to be reasonably devoted to one another and their relationship, Laura is becoming increasing morose as a result of his constant philandering. When Alan's married son, Michael (Darren E. Burrows) - who has reasons of his own for resenting the man - comes from California for a visit, he and Laura enter into a secret love affair that forces her to finally question her commitment to Alan and to perhaps cut the chords - both obligatory and emotional - that bind her to him.

Although the script does an effective job capturing the tensions simmering just beneath the surface of the story, the plot itself seems too conventional and too underdeveloped to engage the viewer completely. Still the characters are complex enough and the performances sufficiently layered to at least hold our interest throughout. Torn is particularly good at creating a character whose amiability and likeability on the surface mask a callousness and mean-spiritedness below.

This is a subtle, if not exactly gripping, study of the compromises we make - and the choices we come to regret - in our effort to avoid loneliness and to find meaning and happiness in life.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Callahan on September 3, 2006
Format: DVD
This is the best movie I've seen in a long, long time. Rip Torn is perfect for this role; and the actress playing his wife is as well. If you like character studies, the finest cinematography around, the best script writing, excellent directing and feeling like you are a "fly on the wall" in the finest drama you have ever seen---buy this film. It never lets up, it never overdoes, it just gives you exactly what you need. And all without anyone blowing anyone elses brains out!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Olenick on August 5, 2013
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This could have been a good film but fell flat. Even the marketers couldn't quite get a description right. It is not about a "Russian bride" or "trophy wife." It is about a woman from Russia, who meets her older husband while he's on a business trip there while she is working as a translator ("Russian brides" specifically look for men; she may as well have been from anywhere, including the US). There is also nothing to show that she's a trophy wife; she is young and beautiful, but he clearly loves her very much.

This is a well-acted and well-filmed movie about the dynamics between a father and son, and a man and women; a love triangle. However, despite the potential, the script is boring; it never quite congeals into something that has a cohesive plot. Given the low-quality of the material they had to work with everybody besides the screenwriter did well, but they could not overcome the boat anchor of a script they were given to work with.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LTBerg on May 15, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love how the story unfolds, the beautiful flawed characters, the simplicity of the performances, every single one. I could feel the strain in the married couple's interactions, as well as hope and perhaps surrender. Rip Torn is fun to watch in this film as well as others, but I was completely blown away by Darren Burrow's performance. (My mind was like, holy cow, that guy played Ed Chigliak in the Northern Exposure series.) Even without the comparison, his performance, restrained and so completely authentic, is over the top, fantastic. The entire film just hits an authentic chord.
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