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Forty Shades of Blue (2005)

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A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-'n'-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.

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Wealthy music producer Alan James lives with his beautiful Russian girlfriend Laura, thirty years younger than him, whom he met while he was in Russia on business. They have a three-year-old son. Alan is a music legend, having produced black music during the 60's and 70's, the golden era of Memphis Soul. They live an affluent life in a sprawling mansion on the banks of the Mississippi in Memphis, Tennessee. But, although she is comfortable, Laura feels lonely and isolated. Alan has an estranged adult son from a previous marriage, Michael, a literature professor, who is married and lives with his wife in Los Angeles. Michael and his father have a complicated relationship that is marred by disappointment, hampered by jealousy, and fueled by anger. When Michael returns home to Memphis for the first time in many years, although he had at first disapproved of his father's young girlfriend, a painful and dangerous love affair develops between him and Laura, his contemporary. As this ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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7 December 2005 (France)  »

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40 Tons de Azul  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Dark End of the Street
Written by Dan Penn & Chips Moman
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31 January 2005 | by (The OC) – See all my reviews

this is an amazingly powerful movie...not a happy flick though. Dina shows off her meticulous acting training in a superb performance. The interaction between Dina and the other characters was simply superb. I was completely blown away with the dynamics of this movie. Ira Sachs did an amazing job capturing the hardships of each character and blending them into one family.

I highly recommend this movie to the avid viewer. Don't expect this to be a simple happy flick. It is definitely for someone who is interested in good movies that require some though. This is a movie that you simply succumb to...It surrounds you with the movie...

Congrats on winning Sundance 2005!


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