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The Least of These (2002)

The fading, isolated life of a diner owner and the dull routine of his late-night crowd are forever changed by the unusual proposition of a stranger. Based on a true story.

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(story "The Agnes Story"),
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Tom Wall ...
Jim
Will Woodrow ...
Keith Lewis
Kathryn Grant ...
Shannon
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Ingrid Cornell ...
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Kate Debelack ...
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Binnie Ritchie Holum ...
Helen
Clare Johnson ...
Club Kid #1
Lori Record ...
Denise
Felix Stevenson ...
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The fading, isolated life of a diner owner and the dull routine of his late-night crowd are forever changed by the unusual proposition of a stranger. Based on a true story.

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Strong coffee, greasy spoons, and America's leftovers...

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Drama | Short

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Referenced in Tony & Agnes & the Power of a Good Story (2004) See more »

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Swartzwelder's slice of diner subculture is a window on social dynamics we all must ultimately reckon with.
6 April 2004 | by (South Bend, Indiana) – See all my reviews

Swartzwelder crafts an atmospheric slice of diner subculture with a group reminiscent of Sarte's "No Exit" in their tired despair and dislike of one another. The careful attention to details such as the reflection of faces in the greasy toaster makes this film a pleasure to watch over and over. The original score is perfect, helping to create the mood Swartzwelder is aiming for. The acting is strong, some of the characters are right out of Steinbeck.

I use this film in my sociology class to demonstrate the social conditions that foster entrapment and cynicism, as well as the those that open the door to hope and freedom. Although the film's subtext is somewhat subtle the students are inevitably provoked into serious reflection and introspection by the film.


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