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  • Actors: Margo Martindale, Hanna Hall, Adam Scarimbolo
  • Directors: Zack Parker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085QJ1YM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scalene" on IMDb

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SPECIAL FEATURES

PERCEIVING REALITY: The Making of SCALENE (Prologue)
Featurette - World Premiere/Q&A at Dances With Films
Featurette - Awards Ceremony at Dances With Films
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer

SYNOPSIS

SCALENE is a perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student (Hanna Hall) by a mentally handicapped man (Adam Scarimbolo) and his mother s (Margo Martindale) subsequent revenge.

Customer Reviews

Just not the type of movie I like.
Theodore J. Jackson Sr.
The film seems to be sold as a "Hitchock"-style thriller, but for me, it was more of a character drama.
FitzChivalry
This was a very good movie!Unpredictable,well acted and engaging.
Akini Africa

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By NewAgeMama TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2012
Format: DVD
Scalene is not a movie for the faint of heart. It deals with many touchy issues including rape, murder, abuse and the effects of drug use. The story revolves around a young man named Jacob. When he was twelve, he was experimenting with his friends. His attempts at a cheap high resulted in severe brain damage which left him childish and unable to speak. His mother is dealing with this alone, and when she meets a gentlemen who displays an interest in her, she hires a college student named Paige to help with Jacob.

While this is the basic gist of the film, it was told in a way that made it quite unique. It starts out going backwards, starting with Jacob's mother coming to try to attack Paige and saying, "I want him back." From there you go backwards, seeing the events that led up the possible rape from the mother's perspective. Then there is a scene where Jacob gets burned and for a few minutes you see things though his eyes. Then it switches to Paige's point of view, and you start moving forward in time again, leading back up to the initial attack. This may sound confusing, but it actually worked well. It gives you the perspective of all the main characters, without giving away the climax to soon.

This film invoked some mixed emotions in me. On the one hand, I liked the idea. It was unique, and the little known cast were all amazing. As someone who can relate to the struggles of having a mentally handicapped family member, I understand the frustration the mother encountered. I could also relate to Paige as the young girl who suspects abuse and isn't sure how to handle it. Though, I honestly think that anything else would have been a better than than what she decided.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By .fgd on January 31, 2013
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This was made to be entertaining drama. It is a traji-comedy. The comedy is driven by the character of Jacob's mother and the trajedy by her son. She brings a pleasing lightness, to the tale, by her voluable emotions. She is histrionic and wilful and a mother-hen to her chick. Yet all in deadly earnest, so she still has to be taken seriously.However she is also self-centred and devious. Or are these negative traits an outcome of wishing she didn't always have to be a mother-hen.? Whatever, the pleasing lightness does not derail the film by making it trite and the darker and sad undertones, realistically acted in Jacob's character,always invoke empathy. The care-giver was also well played.
The film was made to be moving and entertain and it delivered. Otherwise, it is not particularly sophisticated but many films aren't and it never pretended to be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lizzyborden on October 23, 2012
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I really enjoyed this movie. I never heard of it so it was a pleasant surprise. I don't agree w/ the guy who said it's a lifetime movie. It's an indie film....and if you have seen enough of them you should appreciate this movie.

I did like the backwards to foward effect of the movie. However there is a part of the movie that is a little far fetched.
Why didn't Page just follow through w/ calling Adult services? The extreme measures she takes to save Jacob did not seem realistic.

However, I did like this movie, it kept my attention, and as I said it was Very original. Take the time to rent this one. If you are an Indie fan you should enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JG on March 3, 2013
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Really enjoyed the movie. Would not have picked it out on my own (as it is not well-known) if it weren't for Amazon Prime's $0 to watch.

The mother, son, and caregiver were exceedingly well-acted ...

...and the storyline has a surprising twist that I don't want to give away.

Hopefully we'll see more of Hanna Hall, who played the caregiver Paige Alexander. She did an excellent job!
And FYI for you Justified fans, the mother was played by Margo Martindale (Mags Bennett).

The movie kept me interested throughout. I definitely recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emilyjak on October 8, 2012
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This acting was not top-notch at all, but not the worst I've ever seen. The premise was a little sick, but the main character casting was good and the story was interesting. The actress who played the mother was great, portraying a weak and all too common character we see in real-life. Part martyr, part villian. Left alone with a life-long responsiblity. Crappy job. Dating a (married?)jerk. Resentful and lacking in social skill. Poor Jacob. Even his purported "savior" abused him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. A Grant on September 2, 2012
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What happened to days when all of the story's loose ends would be tied-up by the completion of the movie. "Scalene" is an interesting movie, especially because it gives some insight into what it is like to raise a special-needs child. I watched this movie primarily to see how accurate those challenges would be portrayed. Unfortunately, when this movie is over there are still many unanswered questions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trikker1 on November 1, 2012
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I imagine that this is not a movie for everyone. Either you'll love it of hate it. I enjoyed it. It's a mystery as to where it's going, but when it gets there, you're left with more questions. I don't care for how it ended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alice Kaye on October 5, 2012
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The premise of the movie is a decent one but some of the acting going on was really terrible and the bit towards the end was absolutely ludicrous. Glad I watched it but I wouldn't watch it again.
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