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Circle of Two (1981)

 -  Drama  -  November 1981 (USA)
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The story of the impossible love between a schoolgirl and a 60-years old painter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sarah Norton
Norma Dell'Agnese ...
Ruspoli
Donann Cavin ...
Smitty
Elan Ross Gibson ...
Gym Teacher
Maggie Morris ...
Music Teacher
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Ashley St. Clair
Larry Ewashen ...
Men at the Cinema
Robin Gammell ...
Mr. Norton
Patricia Collins ...
Mrs. Norton
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Paul
Daisy White ...
School Secretary
George Bourne Sr. ...
Old Man
Bibi Caspari ...
Mime
Gordon Jocelyn ...
Antiquary
Brendan McKane ...
Man at the Terrace
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In Toronto, the fifteen year-old student and aspirant writer Sarah Norton meets the sixty year old painter Ashley St. Clair in a cafeteria while hiding from her stalker boy-friend Paul. Ashley hasn't painted for ten years. He agrees to read the poems that Sarah has written. They start seeing each other at his studio and Sarah falls in love with him. Ashley feels a platonic love for Sarah that becomes his muse and he decides to paint again. Paul spies Sarah in Ashley's studio, and misunderstands their relationship, he attacks her in a cornfield but she defends herself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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CAD 5,700,000 (estimated)
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The amount of time since artist Ashley St Clair (Richard Burton) had stopped painting before he met Sarah Norton (Tatum O'Neal) was ten years (when his muse left him). See more »

Quotes

Sarah Norton: Have you thought about going to bed with me?
Ashley St. Clair: Yes.
Sarah Norton: [walks over to the bed] Let's.
Ashley St. Clair: Obviously, no.
Sarah Norton: Why? Is it because you think I'm a virgin? Because if you think I am...
Ashley St. Clair: You are.
Sarah Norton: I am.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Circle of Two
Music by Bernard Hoffer
Lyrics by Stanley Jay Gelber
Sung by Kacey Cisyk
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Wonderful and Sensitive Unconventional Love Story
11 July 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Toronto, the fifteen year-old student and aspirant writer Sarah Norton (Tatum O'Neal) meets the sixty year old painter Ashley St. Clair (Richard Burton) in a cafeteria while hiding from her stalker boy-friend Paul (Michel Wincott). The former successful Ashley has stopped painting for ten years and accepts to read the poems that Sarah has written. They start seeing each other at his studio and Sarah falls in love with him. Ashley feels a platonic love for Sarah that becomes his muse and he decides to paint again. When Paul snoops Sarah in Ashley's studio, he misunderstands their relationship and tries to rape Sarah in a cornfield but she self-defends with a stone hitting Paul in the head. Sarah's parents discover that their daughter has secret encounters with Ashley and lock her in her room. On her sixteenth birthday, Sarah finds that Ashley has moved to New York and decides to travel to the Big Apple to meet him.

"Circle of Two" is a wonderful and sensitive unconventional love story. The last work of Jules Dassin discloses this coming of age romance between a teenager and an old man through a tight direction without any sort of exploitation despite the polemic theme. Tatum O'Neal is fantastic in the role of a girl that falls in love with a man that could be her grandfather. The soundtrack gives an additional touch of class to this wonderful film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Círculo de 2 Amantes" ("Círcle of 2 Lovers")


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