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Lovely By Surprise

Carrie Preston , Austin Pendleton , Kirt Gunn  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Carrie Preston, Austin Pendleton, Dallas Roberts, Reg Rogers, Kate Burton
  • Directors: Kirt Gunn
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Indigenous Film Works
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DUV680
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"...the playful and profound literary confection Lovely By Surprise, a brilliantly original debut by Kirt Gunn, one of the most exciting prospects working in American indie cinemas." Nick Dawson --Filmmaker Magazine

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A truly unique and visually stunning take on meta-fiction, Lovely By Surprise follows the journey of novelist Marian Walker as she attempts to finish her first novel. Facing the age-old problem of writer's block, Marian seeks advice from a mentor and ex-lover. His seemingly innocent advice to kill the book's protagonist unleashes chaos in her life as a willful protagonist escapes from her novel and appears in the unresolved corners of her past. Featuring Carrie Preston (Transamerica, Nothing is Private, Lost, Arrested Development), Dallas Roberts (Walk The Line, A Home At The End Of The World, The Notorious Bette Page, The L Word), Austin Pendleton (Catch 22, What's Up Doc, A Beautiful Mind, Amistad, My Cousin Vinny, The Muppet Movie), Kate Burton (Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing, Woody Allen's Celebrity, The Ice Storm), Reg Rogers (Igby Goes Down, I Shot Andy Warhol, Analyze That, Primal Fear), Richard Masur (Risky Business, Heaven's Gate, Palindromes, Wonder Years, Picket Fences), Michael Chernus, and Lena Lamer, a wonderful New York ensemble cast shines in this experimental work. At turns funny, lyrical, dark and mysterious, this enigmatic film explores past and present, art and reality, life and death, ultimately revealing the strength and beauty of the human heart.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A true inde film August 28, 2009
True independent film making at its best.Great story and a wonderful cast make this movie a true treat from the Hollywood norm.Kirt Gunn does a wonderful job with this being his first full length movie.You will laugh you will cry and will fall in love with the world he has created.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Movie. Ever. You will be surprised, lovely. July 12, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is very different. I loved it! September 12, 2009
I saw the movie screened in Macon, GA--Carrie Preston's home town--and Carrie was there for Q&A after the movie. Her explanation was very helpful, as I hadn't had time to piece together everything together immediately upon the movie's ending. In fact, I'll have to wait for the DVD to come out (at the time of this writing, Amazon still hadn't released it) to watch it again before I can say I have it all figured out. It's one of those kind of movies, not for mass consumption. It's a great work of art. Great acting by all involved. Great story. When you watch it, take Carrie's advice to us: pay close attention, and give the movie time to develop. It's so cool to have a movie star there in person after a movie to discuss it. Wish that could happen more often! Thanks, Carrie!
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