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The Architect [HD DVD]


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  • Actors: Anthony LaPaglia, Viola Davis, Isabella Rossellini, Hayden Panettiere, Sebastian Stan
  • Directors: Matt Tauber
  • Writers: Matt Tauber, David Greig
  • Producers: Christopher Edwards, Danny Leiner, Declan Baldwin, Ged Dickersin, Jason Kliot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K4X5YE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Anthony LaPaglia stars in THE ARCHITECT, a harrowing and ultimately human story of two very different families. Leo Waters (LaPaglia) is an idealistic architect and patriarch of an affluent, suburban Chicago family living with his troubled wife, Julia (Isabella Rossellini), blossoming daughter, Christina (Hayden Panettiere) and conflicted son, Martin (Sebastian Stan). Tonya Neely (Viola Davis) is an activist trying to keep her family safe while living in crime-infested housing projects. In her ongoing campaign to get the projects torn down and rebuilt, she seeks out Leo to obtain his signature on her petition to condemn the projects he designed.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2006
Format: DVD
THE ARCHITECT is a film based on a play by David Grieg that deals with social class dichotomy, lack of communication in families, gender confrontations in youths, and coming to grips with decisions of the past that later haunt. Made on a budget less than a million dollars and shot in twenty days, this unique little movie packs a wallop in the most secretive and subtle way. Directed by Matt Tauber, who also wrote the screenplay with Grieg, it has a fascinating, if at times disconcerting, format of quick scenes flashed before our eyes like simultaneous conversations - and some of the power of the film is piecing those snapshots together as the film ends.

Leo Waters (Anthony LaPaglia) is a successful architect, married to a wife Julia (Isabella Rossellini) who seems on the edge of mental instability. They have two teenage children - Christine (a very fine young actress Hayden Panettiere) who at age 15 is aware of her body and yet fearful of its implications in her interactions with boys and men, and Martin (Sebastian Stan) who has returned home from school as a drop out whose mind is preoccupied with soul searching. The discord at home is matched by the incipient calamity ongoing at a Project Leo designed early in his career, a Project now physically crumbling under the weight of drug dealing, crime, and discontent tenants - all led by activist Tonya Neeley (the superb actress Viola Davis) who has one daughter at home with an early conceived baby and another daughter who has stepped out of the Projects to better her education (her twin brother committed suicide in despair of his plight in the Projects). Two families in conflict over different reasons on the surface but sharing a similarity that is demonstrated as the story proceeds.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Cashman on March 28, 2010
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I really enjoyed it. There was elements that reminded me of Ang Lee's The Ice-Storm, not as bleak though. I thought overall it was honest and addressed some serious issues. There was a lot going on with all the characters and I would of loved to see this movie be longer to really divulge all that was going on in their heads. Overall if you like heavy themes expressed subtly and complex latent characters, this movie may deliver for you.
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The first movie I seen Viola Davis in was The Help, which I really liked. Then out of curiosity and appreciation of her acting caliber, I went out seeking other movies she's done, and she's become on of my favorite all-time actresses. Without her in this movie, I think the movie would have been a big flop!
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By james hawkes on October 30, 2014
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thanxs very much
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Jakes on March 1, 2011
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This is a very good movie - the characters were portrayed well by the actors. Not a feel good movie, but one that makes one think and act on the injustice that still exists in our world.
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