A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

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The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succeeded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violent and drug content | See all certifications »

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14 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$475,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$83,574 (USA) (31 March 2006)

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$2,060,589 (USA) (7 July 2006)
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The director was asked about his frequent shots of birds and feet in the movie. "'Birds and Feet' could be an alternate title for the movie," Rian Johnson joked. " The birds were definitely a little nod to The Maltese Falcon (1941), but it has more to do with shooting in San Clemente, a little beach-town in Orange County. It's my hometown actually, and we shot it at my high school. That town is full of birds, full of seagulls. I grew up surrounded by them and I knew that shooting there, we were going to be surrounded by them, so it kind of made sense to make that some sort of ongoing motif in the movie. The feet thing, I just personally really like shoes as a design element for a character. They can give you a very instant snapshot of the essence of that character. Brendan with his good solid, no-nonsense weathered shoes, or Emily, with shoes that were these beautiful delicate little things that now are all beat-up." See more »

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While Brendan and the Pin are having their discussion on the beach as the sun sets. The sun's level above the horizon changes between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
[Brendan answers the pay phone]
Emily: Brendan.
Brendan Frye: Emily.
Emily: Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye: Status quo.
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Performed by Bunny Berigan
Courtesy of SOUNDIES Inc. by arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Fantastic take on noir genre in a modern setting.
15 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this at the Chi. International Film Festival, and must say it was the best feature film that I have seen all year. Excellent tribute to the noir genre, with sort of a Raymond Chandler-esquire slant to the dialog, a sort of hard-boiled type protagonist, and the typical twists, turns and double crosses that come with the territory. All this while taking place within the confines of a modern California high-school social scene. Somehow manages to walk the line of homage, send-up, and original film incredibly well. Parts were edge-of-your seat, parts had me cringing with pain or shock, and parts had me in stitches. Well worth seeing.


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