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The Forgotten (2004)

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.

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Christopher Kovaleski ...
Sam
Matthew Pleszewicz ...
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Jim
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Eliot
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Ash
Katie Cooper ...
Library Clerk
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Cop
P.J. Morrison ...
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Carl Dayton
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In New York City, Telly Paretta has been under the psychiatric care of Dr. Jack Munce for fourteen months, the therapy to help her deal with the grief associated with losing her nine year old son, Sam Paretta, one of six children in a plane that went missing, the plane and the bodies never recovered. In the words of Telly's husband, Jim Paretta, Telly has been holding onto the past like a "death grip", which has hindered her therapy. Telly does not appreciate that characterization as it makes it sound like Dr. Munce and Jim want her to forget Sam. Slowly, incidents make it seem like Telly is losing that grip on the past, until one day all physical evidence of Sam disappears, personal as well as public, such as all media stories of the plane disappearance. Subsequently, Jim and Dr. Munce try to explain to her that her therapy is to help her get over the delusion that she and Jim have/had a son. As Telly alone goes on a search for any evidence of the existence of Sam, the only person ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Misteriosa obsesión  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,022,111, 26 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,133,509, 31 December 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,592,831
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After Julianne Moore runs through a grocery store and an alley, she stops in front of white graffiti on a wall. It's the logo of Revolution Studios, which produced the movie. See more »

Goofs

Telly manages to encounter her husband again after disappearing with Ash yet he does not seem to remember her at all. This is an issue that is never addressed in the film again. In fact this character is never seen again after this sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Jack Munce: How much time did you spend at the dresser compared to last week?
Telly Paretta: Less.
Dr. Jack Munce: How much less?
Telly Paretta: I don't know exactly.
Dr. Jack Munce: You wanna make a guess, roughly, for the week?
Telly Paretta: Oh, not even an hour a day.
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So many good ingredients, it's a pity the film isn't better...
7 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Screenwriter Gerald Di Pego comes up with an interesting new slant on a well-trodden movie idea: grieving woman is obsessed with the child she lost to a plane crash, and refuses to accept it when her husband, neighbor, and psychiatrist all tell her he never existed. Conspiracy thriller with science-fiction overtures steps a little bit into "Close Encounters" territory, but manages to hold the viewer with strong individual scenes and a lovely, matter-of-fact lead performance by Julianne Moore. However, the editing goes slack by the film's midsection, with Moore constantly on the run and Di Pego's script scrambling to explain itself whilst keeping the audience in suspense. It's a gambit which doesn't quite pay off. Supporting characters played by Anthony Edwards and Alfre Woodard are unceremoniously shafted, while the tepid final act (more running) leaves a bushel of unanswered questions and unrealized ideas behind. The chilly cinematography (grayish blues and whites) is artsy and distracting, and the overall result smacks of too many cooks. **1/2 from ****


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