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For Ellen

TV-14 CC

From Tribeca Film. A powerful performance from Paul Dano (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, THERE WILL BE BLOOD) as a burgeoning rock star wrestling with the prospect of losing custody of his young daughter. With Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE).

Starring:
Paul Dano, Peter Roberts
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director So Yong Kim
Starring Paul Dano, Peter Roberts
Supporting actors William Roberts, Jon Heder, Margarita Levieva, Julian Gamble, Dakota Johnson, Ronald Walter Mandigo, Mara Pelifian, Shaylena Mandigo, Jena Malone, Mike Almond, Gabrielle Bergeron, Bonnie Lucia, Robert Jordan, Shannon Jordan, Alycia Kassian, Andrew Kassian, Heathr Anne Schwendner, David Zwighuizen
Studio Tribeca Film
MPAA rating TV-14
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 9, 2013
Format: DVD
This 2011 film - now making it's DVD release was an "official selection" for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Reading the synopsis it sounded like an interesting film with an interesting premise - failing heavy-metal rock star returns home to try to try to rec0oncile with his estranged wife and their six-year old daughter (the Ellen in the film's title). It started out slow and I kept waiting for Ellen to appear (after all, she is shown on the cover of the package). 54 minutes into this 95 minute film and we finally see her. Until then it's all about Joby( Paul Dano). When Ellen appears I hoped the film would pick up some steam. I wasn't looking for excitement, just a story with a thread. But direct So Young Kim creates scenes that seem to go on twice as long as they should. And nearly 3 minutes is spent with Dano performing a heavy metal song, singing along to a juke box, which takes a quite film and breaks the mood. The few scenes (way too few) between Dano and Ellen ( Shaylena Mindigo) are wonderful. There is in intimacy there. I won't give any spoilers as to how the film ends for those interested in seeing it.

It's not a bad film, it's just "Okay" which is why I'm giving it 3 star rating

The DVd contains just one bonus (and not even the trailer_. It is "Story Behind the Scene - which runs just 2:54 including many scenes from the film. It revolves around the final scene with Joby and Ellen

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Format: DVD
"For Ellen" is one of those tiny indie films where not much happens and just about everything of import is occurring silently within the main character's psyche. As such, it may not appeal to all audiences. Long stretches of the picture are without dialogue as the camera gets up close to its subject and just sort of lingers there. I like an introspective character piece as much as the next person, but let's be honest. Some of these pictures can be downright dull. Something has to connect on an emotional level, some sort of identification, in order to get much meaning from these narrative studies. And as "For Ellen" began, I was only mildly hopeful that I would get much satisfaction from the film. Unexpectedly, though, the picture did work for me largely due to a change of pace role by Paul Dano.

Dano plays a estranged father and husband traveling to meet his wife to finalize a divorce agreement. A musician on the road, he journeys overnight to make the meeting. Hoping for some sort of reconciliation or friendship, he is disappointed to have the matter completely in the hands of lawyers. One of the major points of contention is their daughter. Dano has largely been an absentee father, his daughter barely knows him. Truthfully, he is pretty much a wreck. As he comes to understand just what he's sacrificed, he attempts to connect with her before any final decisions are made. And what follows is a bittersweet reunion as Dano reaches out emotionally to the girl and tries to assess what would be best for her. Again, this is a very minimalist presentation. The emotions, while heartfelt, are achieved with quietness and subtlety.

There are no big moments or easy resolutions within "For Ellen.
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So this type of film is right up my ally, in other words I normally enjoy indie films about one coming to terms with past decisions, and facing there present state, also the father and daughter ark of the film drew me in from the moment I saw the trailer, I was assure I would film some type of emotional pull from the film, but nope, it didn't leave me wondering although the ending is a cliff hanger, I was just like "okay its over? wow bad ending"

I like Paul Dano, and when the credits rolled it was nice to see how largely involved he was in the film, also during the credits the song Sorrow by The National plays, its 1 of my favorite songs, so I was happy to hear it, however when the credits are a highlight eh...

However its worth a few bucks for viewing, I'm not angry or even disappointed that I watched the film, there's nothing great about it, but its a nice film for a quiet day, or insomnia night, Indie films don't have amazing graphics or climatic moments, so they rely on character development, and cinematography, and those 2 aren't really outstanding here

The child actress who portrays the daughter is probably the most standout part of the film, all in all the film is 2.5 stars or 6.5 out of 10 rating
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While I was looking for a quiet, introspective film - many scenes in this film stretched out a little too long to hold my attention. There are a few bittersweet and touching moments where you truly catch a glimpse of the inner conflict and pain the main character is feeling, but I would have hoped for a little more clarity into his thoughts and decisions by the end of the film. A good film for a more somber mood or a lonely rainy day.
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Of course there is something about Paul Dano that makes us want to watch every film that features him. My favorite films featuring him are for a variety of characters he's played such as in "little miss sunshine" "there will be blood" and "ruby sparks" -- if you haven't seen ruby sparks you really should.

So in for Ellen he plays a man who's a puddle of mud. He can't seem to talk to people without making a face or seeming like he's in a lot of pain. He is not a good father and is undergoing divorce, his kid doesn't understand him, he's a rock and roll man who orders shots on impulse and drives around in the snow looking for a purpose.

His look in the movie is one of a rebel, not a rebel without a cause, but a rebel without conviction.

I liked this movie because the protagonist played by Dano is such a disaster. Most of the times it is irksome to watch him. You feel very frightened for him. The story is good and the acting is good. Jon Heder does a little role. The music is steady, it snows and snows in the film which seemed like a nice change for the contrasting summer I live in.

WARNING - If you easily think a film is slow, this film will be very slow for you but years back one will look to this film for some inspired didactic charisma.

Did anyone else think the girl who played Ellen acted wonderfully? Well I did.

Overall a worthy film. A small percentage will notice the film has sort of borrowed it's ending from a 70's film I shall not name. Definitely worth viewing.
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