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Shot in 15 days, this provocative thriller set against the backdrop of post-9/11 New York City follows a TV executive as she gets involved in the life of a Muslim cab driver. After learning that the mans brother has been imprisoned for political reasons, she becomes determined to help free him. As the pair forms an unlikely friendship, shocking truths about their individual motives are revealed. Robin Wright Penn, Abdel Kechiche, Sandra Oh, and Josh Hamilton star. 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; audio commentary; interviews.
- Commentary by director Jeff Stanzler
- Round table discussion hosted by Tim Robbins
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I love and own this movie but you may feel repulsed by Robin Wright Penn's character, Phoebe. This film is psychological drama. Miss Penn plays a highly disturbed single, jealous, manipulative individual living in New York City.
Penn's character hides these traits with a mousey, shy and indifferent demeanor. But wait, her personality is ever changing. From the beginning of the film you're trying to figure her character out along with an innocent taxi driver, played by Abdel Kechiche.
Some feel Robin's character became ill because of 911, I think she was already sick prior to the event and uses it to feed her psychosis. However you may interpret this movie you won't forget the alarming brutality of this film.
Robin Write Penn gives a riveting performance that sends you spinning with her changing personality.
Abdel Kechiche character, Ashade's life is victimized to the point of no return.
"Sorry Haters" leads, teases, surprises and constantly challenges the audiences belief about it's central character. I was on the edge of my seat from title to credits. I can't say enough about this movie.
Looking forward to More Jeff Stanzler.
I think Robin Wright is a really interesting actress and a really impressive physical presence. I think she's kind of sneaky in what she is doing but this is not a good movie to stare at her and ponder what the actor is doing to us because I feel that if I look too hard at what she is doing, I will be singed.
What initially appears to be an American woman out for revenge with a short-sighted attitude problem and demanding that a Muslim cab driver take her wherever she desires to go (and willing to pay the guy a large sum of money to make it possible) we soon discover that the storyline is much deeper than that. Eventually the Muslim takes a temporary stop at a house with a woman and small child, and the woman comes with him, basically invites herself in, and they communicate about how terrible the United States is. We learn the woman and child are the family of the cab drivers brother.
Eventually the discussion concerning the brother becomes an important aspect of the storyline and the woman tries to rationalize by carrying a decent conversation over what should be done about freeing the cab drivers brother, but... well for one thing we never see the brother. It's all talk. Second of all, the storyline changes into a different and WAY more confusing direction just as soon as we discover the woman snuck her way through the Muslims belongings and somehow took 500 bucks from the guy. Actually right before this it would seem the woman set up a perfect trap so the Muslim couldn't escape at the top of a building after locking him up there with nowhere to go, but she -much to MY surprise at least- ends up giving him the door password, lets him run free, and then he's seen on the streets running from the security guards. From here on out, the discussion over the brother is pushed aside (unless I missed something).
Now the storyline turns *much* worse as the communication between the woman and the Muslim is never really fully understood until the very end, and even THEN I'm not sure what to make of it other than the woman has psychotic tendencies and had the Muslim guy completely under her spell the entire time. I don't want to give away what happens at the *very* end though- two surprises actually, both of which are major and inappropriate to spoil for the readers.
Overall, well just understand that the woman has mental issues and she's not capable of rationalizing and sympathizing like a normal human being and perhaps THEN the storyline will make better sense. Otherwise the acting is decent, and it's a pretty decent film overall. No it's not a typical "Americans vs. Muslims" type of storyline, but that doesn't excuse the confusion mainly thanks to the woman who plays the lead character. Again, we'll just assume it's the woman who's at fault the entire time and is actually the bad person, and that's the twist the movie writers were going for. During a time when the average American didn't know how to approach the Muslim community, the film writers wanted to take the issue from a different angle and offer surprising twists and turns. I believe this is the case with Sorry, Haters. The only problem is, again, the confusing way the story is told.
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