Lymelife (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 November 2009 (Russia)
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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.


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Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Written by TIFF

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The American Dream Sucks


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 2009 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Borelioza  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The film is loosely based on the Martinis' own childhood experiences. See more »


Historically, the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Falklands War happened two years apart, not in the same year as the movie depicts. See more »


Scott Bartlett: I thought you weren't talking to me.
Adrianna Bragg: I'm on the fence.
Scott Bartlett: Well, if it means anything, technically I'm a man as of today so...
Adrianna Bragg: Please, a man? I heard you're still a bald eagle. You know, no pubes.
Scott Bartlett: Who said that?
Adrianna Bragg: Me.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


Feel Like Making Love
Written by Paul Rodgers (as P. Rodgers), Mick Ralphs (as M. Ralphs)
Performed by Bad Company
Courtesy of Atco Records/Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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5 Stars!
2 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Had the pleasure of seeing this at Toronto and Sundance. I'm a festival rat and do not usually comment on movies. But this film struck me in different ways on both viewings. The first time I was consumed in all of the performances, which are spectacular. The second time I was wrapped up in all of the symbolism. The reflection shots, the little fake houses, the spiritual references, the overall tone of the movie that was set by the director and his brother. Is this a perfect movie? It's as perfect a movie as you will find on the premiere festival circuit. And when I found out it was filmed on a tiny budget, I was even more impressed. It turns out to be a funny and moving story that makes you laugh a lot. The director is funny, the actors are all funny and the music is amazing. Every scene that had a song in it was completely amazing. Martin Scorsese is the producer of the film and the director is clearly a big fan. There's violence, emotion and a lot of humor. It's not about the mafia but it has a Sopranos feel to it. I can't put my finger on it, but it's there. To sum it up, it has some very heavy scenes but those scenes are peppered with hilarious moments. So it's never too dark or too heavy. It plays like a film from the 1960's or 70's. Heck of a job. I want to see more from this filmmaker.

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