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Carried Away (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  31 May 1996 (Greece)
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Joseph Svenden is a middle-aged schoolteacher who lives on a farm with his dying mother. In his simple life there are no excitements, even in long-time relationship with a widow. However, ... See full summary »

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Joseph's Mother
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Doctor Evans
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Lily Henson
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Beverly
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Charlotte
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Marie
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Frank
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Joseph Svenden is a middle-aged schoolteacher who lives on a farm with his dying mother. In his simple life there are no excitements, even in long-time relationship with a widow. However, when 17-year old beauty enrolls in his class, Joseph would soon end up in her arms. After that, Joseph is torn between the passion and feeling that he is doing something wrong. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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A story of first loves and last chances. See more »

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

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31 May 1996 (Greece)  »

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Acts of Love  »

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$156,975 (USA)
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Both Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving have full frontal nude scenes in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Catherine's parents come to Joseph's house, the hall clock reads 8:35. When Catherine shows up just after her parents leave, the same clock now reads 7:35. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Svenden: What can I say. I'm a bad man. But sometimes it's great fun to be bad.
Joseph's Mother: You're not a bad man. If that made men bad, we'd all be lost.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 13 April 1996 (1996) See more »

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SERENADE FOR STRINGS IN E, OP. 22
Written by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by the Slovak Philharmonic
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Strong, sad, erotic film about lonely lives and taking chances
24 October 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Very well acted by Amy Irving, allowing herself to look drab, and older, and especially Dennis Hopper, who gives what might be his most restrained performance ever, and creates an unforgettable character in the process.

This tale of a mid-western, self confessed 'mediocre farmer and schoolteacher' having an erotic affair with a 17 year old student, and the effect it has on his life, especially his long standing, but now somewhat inert relationship with his fellow teacher, is really about taking risks in life, even bad ones, and how we need those to stay alive.

I like and admire that the film neither fully condemns or approves of anyone or any action. Everything is complex.

Sadly, Amy Locaine as the girl, while stunningly beautiful, isn't at the acting level of her older co-stars, nor his her character written with the same kind of insight and precision, which hurts the overall effect. And some of the writing is a little overly poetic and theatrical.

Still, it's an unique film, dealing with sex, aging, morality, fear and self-image in a far more complex, mature way than most American films, and for once treats mid-western farm folks as just as complex, intelligent and tortured as their big-city counterparts.


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