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Little Odessa (1994)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  19 May 1995 (USA)
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This film tells a bitter tale of a dysfunctional family. Joshua, a cold-blooded professional killer, returns to his Brighton Beach boyhood home for a "job." He knows it will be difficult to... See full summary »

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This film tells a bitter tale of a dysfunctional family. Joshua, a cold-blooded professional killer, returns to his Brighton Beach boyhood home for a "job." He knows it will be difficult to return to the Russian-immigrant community of his youth--in his eyes, we see anticipation of the inevitable emotional pain and psychic turmoil that seeing his forsaken family and estranged companions will bring him. To do his job, and try to maintain some semblence of sanity, he has had to wall off his humanity from even himself. Seeing his kid brother, who adores him, talking with his dying mother, who still loves him, and yes, arguing with his abusive father, begins to wreak havoc with his personal defenses. As his steely demeanor begins to dissolve, we are shown the soul of a hit-man crumbling away, piece by piece. Finally, all that he now allows himself to admit that he loves is agonizingly torn away from him and he is left with the ultimate punishment for his transgressions. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Brothers in blood. Partners in crime. See more »

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Rated R for strong shootings, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$2,300,000 (estimated)

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$1,095,885 (USA)
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The building used for Mr Schell's mistress was 9701 Shore Road, also used in Saturday Night Fever (1977). See more »

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In the scenes where Mr. Schell is supposedly speaking Russian, his language is unintelligible beyond the simplest words. See more »

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[first lines]
Joshua Shapira: It's done.
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A family movie...
16 April 2000 | by (Malmö, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The settings are located to some Russian hole in Brooklyn. The snow is falling and people are poor. We meet a family that seems quite normal - and the lost son comes home... He is a killer with some bad folk after him. It´s one more hit before good-bye.

The lost son meets up with the youngest brother in the family. The mother is sick. Father is cheating her with another. And so the trouble begins with the father and son. Family problems, crime syndicate, a fast running past...

The acting is great a la Truffant (loss of feelings) and the tension is well conveyed in the stark camera work and cold violence that culminates with great effect in the ending.

This is not a truly original film, but it doesn´t (like so many others) fall into some melodrama...so it is good.

Well, rent it alone and think about your family.


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