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Surveillance (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  31 July 2008 (Germany)
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Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

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Coroner (as Gerald Layton-Young)
Jennifer Miles ...
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Grisly murders occur in a small town. Two FBI agents arrive, set up their cameras in three interview rooms, and set up interviews of three survivors: a girl of about nine, a foul-mouthed cop with a bandaged hand, and a young woman of about 20 who uses drugs. Each tells their story as the male FBI agent listens and watches from a separate room: the girl draws for and talks to the female agent, the local chief interviews the injured cop, and two officers interview the young woman. As they tell their stories, some of which are inaccurate and self-serving, we see what actually happened the day before. Can the agents or anyone else put the pieces together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£125,885 (UK) (6 March 2009)

Gross:

$25,352 (USA) (24 July 2009)
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According to Jennifer Chambers Lynch, the film was originally about witches. See more »

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The closing credits state that the cast is listed in alphabetical order, but Daryl Haney's name is listed after Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, and Pell James (despite the fact that it precedes all of them alphabetically). See more »

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[first lines]
Elizabeth Anderson: You're never going to sleep again.
Sam Hallaway: That's the point.
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Written by Gordon Gano (as Gordon James Gano) (Gorno Music: ASCAP)
Performed by Violent Femmes (as The Violent Femmes)
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Courtesy of Epstein, Levinsohn, A. Skiena
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Disturbing
13 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm usually happy to spoiler away in reviews - this time I shall be very careful not to spoiler.

I hadn't realised that the tendency to make disturbing movies is hereditary, but Jennifer Lynch's Surveillance is every bit as disturbing as anything Dad David has made. It starts with a moderately familiar scenario - two FBI agents arrive at a small police station (4 officers, one captain, one dispatcher) in the back of beyond to tape video interviews with the survivors of some sort of incident: the nature of what happened is revealed during the interviews. To say any more is to spoiler, so I'll shut up about the plot.

But I will say that "disturbing" is the best word to describe almost all of what follows. And not just one lot of disturbing, but several. The film is gripping, visceral, and features some stunning performances, notably from Bill Pullman who is not someone who I would normally have put high on my list of those I expect to surprise me performance-wise.

Not an easy film in many ways, but definitely worth catching.


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