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Brick (2005)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  7 April 2006 (Canada)
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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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A detective story.

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Drama | Mystery

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

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A Ponta de um Crime  »

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$475,000 (estimated)

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$31,411 (New Zealand) (13 October 2006)

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$99,056 (New Zealand) (13 October 2006)
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The opening scene, with Brendan looking at Emily's body, is very deceptively shot. What appear to be POV shots of Emily's body are in fact something else. Director Rian Johnson says, "Brendan's eye-line never changes. We see him ostensibly looking at different details each time, but that's never cued by eye movement. Those inserts aren't from the angle at which he's viewing them. From where he is, her feet should be at the top of the frame; instead, they're at the bottom, shot from her other side. The other two shots are likewise reversed. You could call that an error, I suppose, but coupled with the fixed eye-line, what it suggests is that Brendan can't process what he's seeing. It's so unthinkable to him that he can only take in tiny portions at a time. He's abstracted the sight of her into objects. The images are technically 'wrong,' but that contributes to the scene's overwhelming sense of wrongness.I know that when I see something traumatic, I don't really process it in the moment, but I store it with an intense amount of detail and then watch the memory of it very carefully. Those disconnected, weirdly beautiful pieces of Emily are not what Brendan would see from his vantage point, but they feel like what he'd remember from the scene." See more »

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After his first encounter behind the Coffee and Pie, Brendon is seen hiding behind a bush as he follows someone. As he gets up to walk away, you can clearly see a large red abrasion on the left side of his face that isn't in the previous or following shots. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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I'm In The Middle Of A Riddle
Written by Franz Winkler & Albert Goetz
Performed by Anton Karas & Kay Armen
Courtesy of Jasmine Records
Used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.
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Kids Playing Grown-ups, Talking Nonsense
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very irritating film. It's like Bugsy Malone without the songs. It all comes across as kids doing Film Noir for their school project - badly. It is an unengaging story about an unlikable girl who goes missing, and her miserable ex-boyfriend who tries to solve the big mystery. Yawn. The dialogue is perhaps the most annoying part of Brick. Clearly the writer has mistaken 'incomprehensible' for 'clever'. It's all gabbled nonsense like "Jimmy C got goosed by the bulls and now I'm half-galloned to Milwaukee. Find out where Eddie Cheerio hides his cake and then meet me behind the Flapjack shop at a quarter past lunch." Or something.

In truth the film is slightly better than a 1, but is just so irritating in how smart it thinks it is that it needs bringing down a peg or two.


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