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Lymelife (2008)

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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

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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:

Aprender a vivir  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,000, 8 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$429,307, 13 July 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While the film was being developed at the Sundance filmmaker's lab, Kieran Culkin played the role of Scott in all of the experimental scenes the Martinis shot. When it came time to make the film for real, Kieran's younger brother, Rory Culkin was offered the role because Kieran had become too old to play it. After reading the script and watching the experimental scenes from the lab, Rory said yes. See more »

Goofs

In the transitional shot from the scene where Scott's mother attempts to force him to apologize to a boy he just beat up, a passing train is visible in the background. Though the story is supposed to take place in Long Island, the train is distinctively a NJ Transit train, not a Long Island RR train. See more »

Quotes

Scott Bartlett: So are we really going to like do it?
Adrianna Bragg: Do you really think we should talk about it?
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Connections

References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Oogum Boogum Song
Written by Brenton Wood (as Alfred J. Smith)
Performed by Brenton Wood
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co. Inc.
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5 Stars!
2 February 2009 | by 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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