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Directed by Dan Ireland (The Whole Wide World) and based on an unforgettable story by E.L. Doctorow, Jolene follows the provocative tale of a beautiful, redheaded Southern girl on a ten-year journey across America. From age fifteen to twenty-five, Jolene overcomes a myriad of adversity, as she navigates her way through bad foster homes and a failed teenage marriage, escapes from a mental institution, and hits the road in search of love, adventure and independence.
Commentary with director Dan Ireland, Interviews with Jessica Chastain and additional cast members, Bloopers.
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Over the next ten years, we encounter:
* Jessica Chastain (Winner of 2008 Golden Space Needle for Best Actress, SIFF) as our eponymous heroine. This actress ages from age 15 to 25 and plays everything from a high school student to a pole dancer in a strip joint; from a Tulsa housewife to a glamorous redhead kept by a Vegas kingpin. This is a dream role for any actress and Chastain is amazing.
* Zeb Newman (lots of TV) is her gawky first husband; he is the frying pan...
* Dermot Mulroney ("The Wedding Date") is Uncle Phil; he is the fire (see above).
* Frances Fisher (Lots of TV) works in a mental hospital (don't ask!).
* Rupert Friend ("Pride and Prejudice" - 2005) is another husband, a randy musician with a tattoo parlor.
* Chazz Palminteri ("Modern Family") lives in a Las Vegas penthouse.
* Michael Vartan ("Rogue") is her wealthy Tulsa husband. He doesn't want to know a thing about her past....until he does....
This is an R-rated study of a resilient little gal who is the epitome of grit and determination, AND she washes up nice! This film was made in 2008, so even though I saw it at a theatrical press screening this week, it is already in on-line catalogs, and might be available on Netflix or in your local library.
This review was first posted 11/5/10 and I've been following Jessica Chastain's career ever since. She's phenominal.
Jessica Chastain gives one of her best performances, even considering her Oscar (what should have been winning) performance in "Zero Dark Thirty".
I don't really know why "Jolene - The Director's Cut" was released, but it isn't as good. There are many many cuts, most of them sexual and there are many scenes that are different. Ultimately though, "Jolene" is about the power of a woman and the strength of a woman, sexuality and all. So cutting these scenes made the movie less of what it originally was.
Bottom line, "the director's cut" is too much of a cut and the original is a better film.
Jessica Chastain tackles this character of "Jolene" and showed what probably was an Oscar-worthy performance before anybody knew who she was. The movie is about innocence and sex. No matter how much we want to deny it, it is what drives us, many times in the wrong direction. For some, it drives us in the wrong direction over and over. It is the nature of the beast and what we see from Jolene is the development of her inner-strength and maturity after a lifetime of taking the harsh road.
You want to see an actress bury herself in a role, check out the ORIGINAL CUT of "Jolene". Jessica Chastain went from a virtual unknown to an Oscar nominee and you can see why in this 120 minute movie from 2008.
I sadly still was not able to get my hands on the film Wild Salome (by Al Pacino with Jessica Chastain). Can anybody help with that ??