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Jolene [Blu-ray] (2008)

Jessica Chastain , Rupert Friend , Dan Ireland  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Chastain, Rupert Friend, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Vartan, Chazz Palminteri
  • Directors: Dan Ireland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At the age of 15, Jolene, a free-spirited orphan, embarks on a decade-long cross country adventure, where she experiences life, love, heartbreak, and freedom. Based on the acclaimed story by E.L. Doctorow and starring Chazz Palminteri, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Friend, Michael Vartan, and Denise Richards.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
When do you know for sure you are in love? After a failed marriage at a young age, Jolene (Chastain) deals with getting over the past and finding herself. She sets off on a journey across the country looking for what is missing in her life. This is a very, very good coming-of-age story, also kind of inspiring in a way, no matter what happens to her she never gets down and keeps pushing forward. On the other hand it is also pretty depressing to watch what this girl goes through. This movie does a great job of showing what a girl, who was raised as an orphan and spent her youth between the home and foster parents, acts like. Though it's not her first movie the woman who plays Jolene (Jessica Chastain) is fantastic in this. It's not an easy role, especially with as much sex and nudity involved (nothing gratuitous, it actually helps define the character), along with the ranges of emotion she must portray. I'm really surprised she didn't get any recognition for this. I don't want to give too much away, but I really, really enjoyed this movie. I give it an A.

Would I watch it again? - I did already.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance, great Blu April 24, 2011
Judging from the large volume of films Jessica Chastain has coming out in the next two years, people will inevitably want to see her early work (and in this case the film that she explodes into the movie making world with - as I had really only seen her in Stolen [Blu-ray] before). After watching the lengthy interview included on this BD and being mesmerized by her screen presence throughout this beautiful film, she is proving herself as one of the most natural and articulate ladies in the industry.

The story follows a young lady through ten years in her difficult teen and early adult life, traveling from state to state as she looks for love, expressing her amazing artistic skills, and a better life than what keeps getting thrown her way. The supporting performances around her are believable and professionally played, but Jessica was beyond captivating and managed to convey a heartfelt and solid lead performance that carried the title character perfectly.

The BD quality is clear throughout with no real falterings. Her fair skin never appears to bleed into the frame, and even in the Arizona scenes the contrasts are subtle yet still vibrant. The DTS is competently mixed and the special features include:

* Bloopers, 3:33 minutes. Not funny and could have easily been excluded and the quality is below lodef.
* Interview with Dan Ireland & Jessica Chastain, 20:54 minutes. A sit-down interview with the two of them talking film and career. The film was made four years prior to this talk and she has definitely come into her own. Worth the watch if you become a fan of hers (a dry setting in a room).
* Interview with Theresa Russel, 3:00 minutes.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerizing lead overcomes an ugly last reel May 28, 2011
I have very mixed but intense feelings about "Jolene." On the one hand, it features a magnetic lead performance by Jessica Chastain. I've never seen her before, so I can't say for sure whether she's a fantastic actor or just one of those people who outshine everyone around them (I suspect both), but either way, I'll see anything else that she's in. But the film itself, which cruises along for 3/4 of the way with a fairly light tone (considering the subject matter), takes a very unpleasant turn towards the end that left me feeling duped. I don't have a problem with movies that are dark or depressing, but there has to be an authenticity to it. This one seemed senselessly cruel, not in the way life can be, but in a way that sets the viewer up for one experience and then swaps in a horrifying, unjustified alternative. The heroine makes a decision that seems to makes no sense and completely invalidates everything she has gone through to that point, leading to terrible consequences. I haven't read the Doctorow story it's based on, but if it provides an explanation for this decision, it gets lost in translation (some vague voice-over rationalization is attempted but fails to convince). I'm left with a very bitter taste that diminishes the enjoyment I had experienced up until that point.

Even so, this film is worth watching for Chastain's performance. She's going to be huge.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can this really be from EL Doctorow?????? February 9, 2013
JOLENE is an adaptation of one of EL Doctorow's short stories from his collection `Sweet Land Stories'. That story was one of the few forgettable ones in that collection and makes one wonder why it was singled out for a screenplay by Dennis Yares. Doctorow is one of America's most important writers (Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, Loon Lake, The Water Works, The March, City of God, etc) and this is surely not one of his finest moments. Made in 2008, it did give Jessica Chastain an opportunity for exposure (as in "total'!) so perhaps that is why it is making the rounds again - before Oscars....

Jolene is a 15 year old girl, at story's beginning, who knows nothing about her parents and who marries a geek boy (Zeb Newman) whose own parents are mysteriously dead and lives with relatives who are odd - the aunt (Theresa Russell) is angry with the world and uncle (Dermot Mulroney) is a pedophile: Jolene ruins her first relationship by having an affair at age 16 with the uncle , her `husband' commits suicide, and she ends up a juvenile delinquent in a `home' for wayward girls. There she is courted by staff member Cindy (Frances Farmer) who helps her new young lover escape. Jolene runs away to hit the road hitchhiking (selling favors along the way), and ends up in a desert drive-in where she meets and marries a tattoo artists Coco (Rupert Friend) who is a drug dealer on the side and Jolene steps out of another bad relationship. Making her way across the country she stops in to work as a stripper and is noticed by a rich man (Chaz Palminteri) from Las Vegas who shows Jolene wealth and love but is murdered by a rival gang from New York.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My step-daughter's 1st movie
Wow, I got this at the same time as above. This movie is the 1st movie my stepdaughter was in. She has been in many since. This was also the only place I could find it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Laurie L Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Steven C. Minnich
1.0 out of 5 stars Eh not the best
Not the greatest movie, only rented because parts of it were shot where I went to high school
Published 1 month ago by Josh
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
Pretty good. Worth watching.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars jessica chastain
I discovered Jessica Chastain as an actress and want all her films! In Jolene she is just fantastic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elisabeth Freivogel
3.0 out of 5 stars jolene
this was a very good move. it came in a very short time, less than i thought it would, and I like the price.
Published 5 months ago by Ezzard C. Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic Story
Wow...just wow. The story of Jolene just gets to you. The entire movie was very well and the acting was brilliant. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rigoberto Duque
1.0 out of 5 stars Jolene
Too pat a treatment. Unimaginative directing. Interesting set of characters but ultimately turns out to be a sleeper. Good cast, though.
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Densmore
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!
A big fan of Jessica Chastain, I had this movie saved on Uverse and finally decided to buy it. I am very pleased with the product and they delivered when they said they would. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maria C. Flores
3.0 out of 5 stars Jessica Chastain is Amazing, But Impossibly Cannot Carry This Film
This movie had great potential to be phenomenal; however, it falls very short.

Jessica Chastain is amazing and this is my first exposure to her in a substantive role. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RBock
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