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Sympathy For Delicious

4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Description

A talented Music DJ becomes a newly paraplegic gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing in hopes of walking again. He learns however that he has been given a Gift! The Gift to heal others but not himself. He abuses his gift for the sake of power, fame,and riches and his world come crashing down. Will he get the healing he needs by giving unselfishly?

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Sundance Winner with Great performances by a huge Ensemble cast with multiple Academy Award Nominee's. Critics rave !!! --Maya Entertainment

Chris Norr's Cinematography is vividly expressionistic, Thornton gives a passionateand urgent performance , and Ruffalo's Direction is audacious. --Scott Macaulay, FilminFocus.com

An Altogether Winning confection --Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine

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  • Actors: Christopher Thornton, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo
  • Directors: Mark Ruffalo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GLDVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Drew on September 7, 2011
Format: DVD
A powerful magical realism exploration of the power of healing. Chris Thornton wrote an amazing story here! While the plot centers on a paraplegic struggling with his disability, the themes are universal. After his accident, Dwyer faces alienation, limitations, fear and anger as he watches his life slide into desperation. After discovering he has the power to heal, he's exploited by those he once relied on. In an attempt to regain what he's lost, he sells his soul and his gift to rock stardom. In the end, he learns healing is not about walking again, but is instead a complicated internal process... a very intense journey that leaves you thinking...

On a side note... as a paraplegic, I get sick of able-bodied actors playing disabled roles. Thank you Chris!
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By Ruth Madison on September 14, 2011
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This movie is gritty and harsh and yet also beautiful. It explores fascinating themes about how grace might work and the ways that human beings try to manipulate and buy one another. Great performances from some wonderful actors. I'm new to Christopher Thornton, but was so impressed that I'll have to look at what else he's been in. It is absolutely a movie worth watching.
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I live in a rural area that has no big-box stores or automated DVD machines.

The small retail store chains that service the area are decidely second-tier and sell used repacked DVDs from rental shops. There are NO DVD cases and NO descriptions of the films. I often take a chance for the few dollars Involved.

That's how I got this film. I simply popped it in to see what it was.

WOW!

A thoughtful moral dillema where a person gains an unbidden and unique power to change others' lives profoundly...but not his own. And then there are the others who want to utilize that power for their own interests. The rest would be a spoiler.

Just a sweet, sweet film acted with real care.

And I was blown away with the DVD "added feature" that reveals the writer/actor was not playing the part of a guy forever to be in a wheelchair. He WAS a guy forever to be in a wheelchair.

There are certain themes in the film that resonate with Christians, but also resonate with other belief (and nonbelief) systems.

I love the line about sometimes things happen to you when G-d is trying to talk to you.

Foul-language note: This takes place largely on skid row and in hard-rock music environments. The F word is used a lot.
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"Listen please, you don't know what you did, you got the healing touch." After being shown the power of faith healing, Delicious decides to use what he has learned to become a world famous DJ. When fate steps in and allows him to heal everyone's problems but his own he must decide if he will use his gift for someone else. This is not a bad movie at all. Without being in your face with it, this is a fairly religious movie. This also presents a great question. If you had the power to help everyone but yourself could you do it or would you be to jealous? Great acting by everyone makes this an enjoyable movie to watch. Orlando Bloom is great in a wide departure from what he usually does. The fact that the lead actor is actually paralized gives his performance a dimension that would be lacking if the actor was only pretending. This is a pretty slow moving movie, but very much worth watching. Overall, a very good movie filled with great acting. This is another movie you must be in the mood for though. I liked it. I give it a B-.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I would
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I saw this movie and got it only because I am a huge Mark Ruffalo fan and I was curious to see his directorial debut. It was fantastic and I really liked the spiritual storyline. Some of the performances were a bit over the top, but I didn't lose interest and most of the characters were very believable. The ending gave me chills and was a bit of a twist but not entirely unpredictable. A really great first effort in directing by an actor I absolutely love to watch in performance.
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A friend recommended this and I went into the film with no knowledge of it at all. I came away incredibly impressed. Like the magical realism of authors such as Gabriel García Márquez, Sympathy takes us on a mystical journey of near-destruction and ultimate redemption. Dean O'Dwyer, living on skid row destitute and desperate, wakes up one day to discover he has the ability to heal. When he also discovers he cannot heal his own spinal cord injury, he decides instead to cash in. His journey is troubling, tragic, and harsh as he learns what it really means to heal. One of the most powerful aspects of this film is actor Christopher Thornton. A gifted actor, he also wrote the script for this film. It was refreshing to see a disabled actor playing the role of a disabled character. This is rare in Hollywood and Thornton's writing and acting brought a necessary realism to the film. I loved it!
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This was physically painful to watch. Despite the seemingly spiritual tone I didn't observe one single human connection in the entire film. Many life-changing events take place but no detail into anyone's life. And there is a lot of "churchy" language used by characters who clearly have no idea into what power they're dealing. We get not even a glimpse into the character Ariel's life yet her actions reveal a very disturbed person. There is absolutely ZERO character development in this film. That's probably the main thing that killed it for me--it felt like we were let in the theater 15 mins late and we have no idea who anyone is.

It's a good thing Mark Ruffalo had Dr. Bruce Banner in his future. His directing talents leave much to be desired.
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