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The Center of the World (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 18 May 2001 (Italy)
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A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Porter
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Richard Longman
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Florence
Karry Brown ...
Lap Dancer
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Pandora Stripper
Mel Gorham ...
Roxanne
Lisa Newlan ...
Porn Site Woman
Jason McCabe ...
Pete (as Jason Mccabe Calacanis)
Travis Miljan ...
Dog Owner
Jerry Sherman ...
Old Man
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Jerri
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Taxi Driver
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Brian Pivano
Robert Lefkowitz ...
Motel Manager
John Lombardo ...
Gondolier
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A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, withdrawing from work, missing meetings with investors. He wants a connection, so he offers her $10,000 to spend three nights with him in Vegas, and she accepts with conditions: four hours per night of erotic play, and no penetration. During the days in Vegas, they get to know each other, have fun, meet a friend of hers; at night, at least after the first night, things seem to get complicated. Is mutual attraction stirring? Will they play by their rules? Can it be about more than money? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$67,809 (USA) (20 April 2001)

Gross:

$1,096,037 (USA) (13 July 2001)
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When Jerri is yelling at Florence in the hotel room, the crew and equipment are reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Florence: What did you think? That I was falling in love with you?
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Features Quake III: Arena (1999) See more »

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Performed by Robbie Robertson
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Much better than it seems
30 September 2002 | by (West Hollywod, California) – See all my reviews

I passed on this film while in the theaters due to bad reviews and a highly misleading ad campaign. I disagree with both. This is an accomplished psychological piece a-la-Bergman that never betrays its characters by providing an easy way out. The film follows a rigorous script that dwells deeply into the wants and flaws of the two leads and ultimately tells us that we are limited by our own minds as to the possibilities that life might offer. Although Florence and Richard in theory could change the terms of their relationship, their inner feelings and biases restrict them to what is possible within their own way of thinking. The sex is central to the conflict in an intellectual plane, which will severely disappoint those who are searching for sexual highlights. In terms of DV technique, this is perhaps the best shot film after the DV classic "The Celebration." If you are looking for an engrossing film where every detail serves its main theme, this is it. There is no fat here. It deserves to be watched over and over to absorb its depth under simple dialogue, understated performances by two extraordinary actors and a minimalist plot.


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