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Chiel van de Wolf,
A drama that swoops in on Empire Falls, an economically depressed mill town in Maine, and lifetime resident Miles Roby, who's run the town's top restaurant for some twenty years. Miles is surrounded by his newly thin wife, meddling father, and hostile boss. Written by
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This is John Voss. Uncle David said we needed a new busboy.
Take a look at Brian. He looks like a walking appetite suppressant!
[stumbles into back kitchen area]
Brian, come here for a minute.
[looks at Brian's infected face]
You gotta go home!
What do you mean? I can't help it! Something bit me. I can still work.
Yeah, but people got to eat here.
[takes Brian's busboy bin]
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Interesting way to portray the town scapegoat.......
Miles Roby seemed like the town loser or so it first seems but as things progress you realize he's not the loser, it's everyone else around him! Meanwhile he has spent his whole life steering clear of their recklessness. Everyone around him is just a mess and he is trying to stand clear of their small self destructions. The character had this pillar of the community like persona but everyone was just dumping on him....projecting their own faults, miseries and failures onto him. It almost seemed like it was his purpose....or at least in their eyes. They only get away with it because of this huge chip on his shoulder he has trouble seeing around.......
By the end of the movie you figure out what is really going on and that this man is in all likeliness the most stand up guy in town.... and everyone resents him for it.
In the end he really starts to push back but they could have done SOOOOO much more with this character and final resolution.
I really liked this film even though I found it fairly lacking in some ways. They should have explored the scapegoat angle more and had Miles really stick it to everyone in the end but I guess having him handle it with grace was really good too.
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