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World Traveler (2001)

R | | Drama | 17 January 2002 (USA)
After hitting the road a man encounters characters that make him realize the importance of family.

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Cal
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Joanie
Nicolas Suresky ...
Leo
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Richard
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Delores
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Carl
Richie Dye ...
Local Bar Bartender
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Andrea
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Andrea's Friend
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Margaret
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Meg
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Jack (as James LeGros)
John Forman ...
Dakota Customer
Bert Miller ...
Dakota Bartender
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Dakota Waitress
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Storyline

On the day of his son's third birthday, without discussion with his wife or even leaving a note, Manhattan architect Cal gets in the family Volvo and starts driving. Marriage is suffocating him. His traveling seems aimless: stopping to work construction, drinking heavily, picking up women, thinking about his wife and son but not calling them. He sometimes goes across the borderline into fantasy as he imagines resolutions to his travels. It turns out that his travel West is not altogether aimless: he has a destination and some questions to ask. Once they're answered, will he remain the mythic restless American male or re-cross the borderline to return home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,072 (USA) (19 April 2002)

Gross:

$97,000 (USA) (7 June 2002)
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In the first bar scene, where Cal loudly complains about his song not being played on the jukebox, the song he has selected is "Hard to Handle" by the Black Crowes. See more »

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When Cal and the hitchhiker girl drove towards the Minneapolis airport, the weather was cold, somber and gray, and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. Yet once in the airport, when Cal was talking to his old schoolmate Jack, the camera view out the window of the airport showed a sunny sky and lots of greenery, with absolutely no snow anywhere. See more »

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[first lines]
Cal: I'm sorry.
Joanie: No, *I'm* sorry.
Cal: No, it's not your... fault, it's mine.
Joanie: I should have listened to you. You said you didn't want to have people over. I just thought it might be fun.
Cal: Yeah, but I shouldn't have said what I said. You know that I didn't mean it.
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A fine film and a writer/director worth watching
23 May 2004 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I was disappointed to see the reviews that this film is getting here when I thought that it was a beautiful, subtle film that packed an emotional wallop.

"World Traveler" is a love letter to anyone who has ever drifted or run from circumstance be it the way the protagonist of Freundlich's film did by jumping in his car and taking off or be it via emotionally resigning from a situation or relationship.

If you are looking for a "set-up-pay-off" story line this is not it, nor is it a pretentious art film. It is an engrossing and emotionally honest film in the vein of a John Cheever short story and it is well worth the watch as is his Myth of Fingerprints.

Oh, and watch it alone.


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