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The Invisible Circus -- A teenage girl travels to Paris in the 1970s trying to find out about her sister's suicide, and falls in love with her dead sister's boyfriend.


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Writers (WGA):
Jennifer Egan (novel)
Adam Brooks (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 February 2001 (Spain) See more »
A story of friendship, freedom and fate that could only happen in the Sixties See more »
A teenage girl travels to Paris in the 1970s trying to find out about her sister's suicide, and falls in love with her dead sister's boyfriend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cameron Diaz ... Faith

Jordana Brewster ... Phoebe

Christopher Eccleston ... Wolf

Blythe Danner ... Gail

Camilla Belle ... Phoebe, Age 10-12

Patrick Bergin ... Gene
Isabelle Pasco ... Claire

Moritz Bleibtreu ... Eric
Philipp Weissert ... Safehouse Leader
Nikola Obermann ... Hannah

Robert Getter ... American Statesman

Ricky Koole ... Nikki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphanie Lanier ... (uncredited)

Edward Olive ... Chef (uncredited)

Directed by
Adam Brooks 
Writing credits
Jennifer Egan (novel)

Adam Brooks (screenplay)

Produced by
Arianna C. Bocco .... executive producer
Julia Chasman .... producer
António da Cunha Telles .... producer: Portugal
Tim Van Rellim .... executive producer
Nick Wechsler .... producer
Original Music by
Nick Laird-Clowes 
Cinematography by
Henry Braham 
Film Editing by
Elizabeth Kling 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Robin Standefer 
Art Direction by
Stephen Alesch 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
Costume Design by
Fabienne Katany 
Donna Zakowska 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Eychenne .... key makeup artist
Christian Gruau .... key hair stylist
Olivia Lequimener .... hair stylist
Marie-France Vassel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alain Agostini .... unit manager
Hernani Borges .... production manager
Joseph Boyle .... production supervisor: San Francisco
Laurent Chiomento .... assistant unit manager
Pierre-Olivier Daudens .... assistant unit manager
Cila do Carmo .... production manager
Frédéric Dorion .... assistant production manager
Jean-Pascal Gautier .... unit manager
Arnaud Gironcourt .... unit manager
Ned Kopp .... production manager: San Francisco
Ginette Mejinsky .... production manager
Victoria Westhead .... assistant production manager: San Francisco
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Antunez .... third assistant director: Portugal
Jorge Ferreira da Costa .... first assistant director: Portugal
Nuno Dray .... second assistant director: Portugal
Coralie Fargeat .... second assistant director
Sharon Gerhard .... second second assistant director: San Francisco
Ned Kopp .... first assistant director: San Francisco
Douglas Law .... first assistant director
Alexia Lecerf .... assistant director: second unit
Etienne Levallois .... assistant director
Robert J. Mooney .... second assistant director: San Francisco
Keith Roberts .... second assistant director
Tim Van Rellim .... second unit director: France/Portugal
Art Department
Fabienne Couvreur .... painter
Jean-Michel Ducourty .... first assistant art director
Eckart Friz .... assistant prop buyer: Germany
Géraldine Hervé .... assistant production designer
José Matos .... construction coordinator
Tom Richardson .... lead scenic artist: San Francisco
Mark Warren .... property master
Joey Weber .... prop buyer: Germany
Sound Department
Peter Bettendorff .... sound recordist: San Francisco
David Boyll .... boom operator: San Francisco
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Jesse Ehredt .... recordist
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Debora Lilavois .... assistant adr editor
Cate Montana .... assistant sound editor
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Bill Orrico .... apprentice sound editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jen Ralston .... foley supervisor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
Pierre Tucat .... boom operator
Jay Peck .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Grégoire Delage .... special effects
Georges Demétrau .... special effects coordinator
Alain Couty .... special effects (uncredited)
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jérôme Baudouin .... electrician
Vincent Blasco .... key grip
Valérie Blier .... still photographer
Ruben Cardol .... lighting technician
Dino Corti .... electrician: San Francisco
Jean-Yves Le Poulain .... camera operator
Sergeï Lourié .... grip
Mikael Monod .... gaffer
Rita Palma .... video assistant: Portugal
François Perrault-Alix .... grip
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... electrician
Thierry Ramanana .... grip
Etienne Saldés .... rigging grip
Honoré Soubrie .... grip: second unit
Jani Vournas .... key grip: San Francisco
Animation Department
Arnaud Putman .... background & props
Casting Department
Nina Henninger .... location casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Tina Spangler .... casting assistant (as Tina M. Spangler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Douat .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Julie Carr .... first assistant editor
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Chris Patterson .... assistant editor
Barry Malawski .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Arnaud Gironcourt .... assistant location manager
Thomas M. Harrigan .... location scout: San Francisco
Laurie Noll .... location manager: San Francisco
Music Department
Andy Brown .... music contractor
Ben Coleman .... musician: electric violin
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Matt Dunkley .... music arranger
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Karen Elliott .... music coordinator
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor
Sean Garnhart .... music re-recording mixer
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... music performed by
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer: Gohl/McLaughlin Productions
Stephen McLaughlin .... music score producer: Gohl/McLaughlin Productions
Anne Pope .... assistant music editor
Jonathan Rees .... orchestra leader
Maggie Rodford .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Doug Dovichi .... transportation captain
Other crew
Elissa Buchanan .... office production assistant: San Francisco
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Albert Coumans .... caterer
Brad Davis .... production accountant: San Francisco unit
Laetitia Dom .... production assistant
Ava Fang .... production assistant: San Francisco
Sandra Fanha .... production assistant
Nuno Godinho .... production assistant
Frédéric Greene .... production accountant
Naomi Harris .... assistant: Adam Brooks
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Alex Matcham .... financial controller
Marie McFerran .... production coordinator
Tyler McGrath .... production assistant: San Francisco
Claudia Schon Maier .... assistant: Julia Chasman and Nick Weschler (as Claudia Schön-Maier)
Jeff Sommerville .... production associate
Yesica Soto Pérez .... assistant: Tim Van Rellim (as Yesica Soto)
Claudine Strasser .... script supervisor
Scott Trimble .... office production assistant: San Francisco

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

At one point when phoebe reconnects with Wolf; he tells her 'you know my name is really Christopher?' The actor chosen to play wolf is Christopher Eccleston. So in this scene, he is sort of breaking the fourth wall buy revealing his real name.See more »
Factual errors: In the beginning of the movie, Phoebe and her mother, Gail, are watching TV which is showing the opening credits to the show "The Rockford Files." The sound coming out of the TV is not the opening theme for "The Rockford Files."See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Return to Edge City (2005) (V)See more »
A Long GoodbyeSee more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A quest for getting answers about a sister's mysterious death, 27 November 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Jennifer Egan's novel was brought to the screen by Canadian director Adam Brooks in a film that, based on some comments from contributors to this forum, sounds a bad proposition, but in fact, it's much better than one is led to believe.

This is a story about two sisters who loved one another dearly. Faith, the fair headed and happy-go-lucky hippie girl, takes her younger sibling, Phoebe, under her wing. Phoebe plainly loves Faith; when the older one decides to follow her boyfriend Wolf to Europe on a summer vacation from Berkley, she promises she will send Phoebe a post card every day. Faith does that, until the cards stop coming in and one night, some time later, the family receives a phone call to inform them Faith has died under tragic circumstances.

Phoebe can't forget Faith. That is why after some years pass by, she decides to take the same route the older sister took. She takes the cards from Faith and visits each place, starting in Amsterdam, then moving on to Paris and she wants to end up the trip in Portugal, where Faith encountered her untimely death.

In Paris, Phoebe hooks up with Wolf, who by now, is not a hippie anymore and is living with his girlfriend. Wolf, tries to persuade Phoebe into abandoning her trip and to go back home; she suspects that Wolf holds the key into solving the mystery, and as she is going to depart for Portugal she makes a discovery when she finds a picture that clearly contradicts Wolf's version he has told Phoebe. He feels guilty and, against his girlfriend's wishes, decides to accompany Phoebe to the town where Faith died. The story changes at this point and we go back in flashbacks to what Faith experienced in Europe and what happened in her final days.

The best thing in "The Invisible Circus" are the performances of the principals, something that Mr. Brooks has to take the credit for. The big surprise is the range of Cameron Diaz, who, as Faith, seems to select light comedy parts, when she is quite able to do good dramatic work under the right director. Jordana Brewster is seen as the older Phoebe and makes a wonderful contribution to the film. She is a stunning beauty with what seems to be a naturalness for acting. Christopher Eccleston is Wolf and shows he also is capable of doing more serious drama. The sweet Camilla Belle plays the younger Phoebe quite convincingly. Blythe Danner appears as the mother of the girls.

The European locations are gloriously photographed by Henry Braham. The film is also enhanced by the musical score of Nick Laird-Clowes and Petra Haden's original song. Elizabeth Kling edited with great elegance. Ultimately, this film shows Adam Brooks in great form as he gives the right tone to the adaptation of the novel and gets rewarded by having the right cast doing wonders for him.

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