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You Are Alone (2005)

R | | Drama | 9 June 2005 (USA)
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A dark drama which takes a looks at how far its characters will go to relieve loneliness, even if only for an hour.

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Daphne / Britney
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Buddy
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Priest
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Mr. Wood
Bruce Koken ...
Father
Amy Brienes ...
Sarah
James Ellsworth ...
Harlan
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Mother
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Mike
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Tyler
John Watson ...
Hotel Duncan clerk
Michael Gilio ...
Sleeping Hotel Duncan guest
Frank Loftus ...
Bachelor party patron
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Bachelor Party Patron (as Chris Gombos)
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Elevator Operator
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"We're gonna play a game of Snap! Pick a bracelet. Pull it hard!" But it's a game of desperate consequences in YOU ARE ALONE, a dark exploration of just how far a man and a woman will go to escape loneliness, if only for an hour. Daphne, a Yale-bound high school senior whose depression has blurred her sense of reality, works as an escort, advertising her services online. Her next door neighbor catches her as the "entertainment" at his nephew's bachelor party. With her hidden life precariously hanging in the balance, Daphne agrees to spend one hour with her neighbor. Initially confrontational, Daphne and her neighbor begin to shed their bitter layers of personal disappointment and general cynicism by talking about sex. It's eye-opening for her neighbor: BBBJs, dining at the Y, salad tossing, and, of course, Snap! But behind this teenager's jaded fantasies hides the very essence of heartbreak, acceptance, need, and desire...ironically paralleled by a broken man's desperate attempts to ... Written by Gorman Bechard

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Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, and for language
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All of the "escort" tales in the movie are true, based on research director Gorman Bechard did for his novel "Ninth Square". See more »

Quotes

Buddy: What sort of mood do you have to be in for that?
Daphne: Depressed.
Buddy: And what, being groped by a dozen guys at a bachelor party cheers you up?
Daphne: They're harmless... it's just...
Buddy: What?
Daphne: I know what it's like to be the popular girl for an hour.
Buddy: Daphne...
Daphne: This...
Buddy: Today?
Daphne: All of it, every time... makes me... less invested with life at school, or even at home. It's... mine. Just mine. And because of it I don't have to play the game. I don't have to pretend to be friends with people that I hate. I don't need to ...
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An impressive micro budget film
20 December 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Striking, intelligent micro budget film about loneliness, as captured during an afternoon encounter between a Yale bound high school senior who's a prostitute in her spare time, and an older, depressed neighbor.

Both the film and the two generally excellent lead performances (by unknowns Jessica Bohl and Richard Brundage) do get stagy at times. The film takes place largely in one room. And I wish I didn't see the twist ending coming. In fact, I sort of wish it wasn't there at all. While it almost works, I didn't think the film needed it, and it felt tacked on, as if from another, more conventionally 'dramatic' film.

The film is at it's best when it's dealing in simple emotional honesty, and the complexity of these characters lives. That's where this film shines – in avoiding the clichés we've come to expect in two characters like this. She may be living a dark existence, but she's getting something from it too. He's a man who can't let himself even indulge in fantasy, and it's part of why he's so blocked as a human being.

For a film that's all about sex and sexuality, it's surprisingly chaste, while still having uncomfortable erotic overtones and questions – both for the characters and the audience. Are we sick for having moments when this young girl turns us on? Is she sick for enjoying that power?

I also appreciated that the dialogue is often elliptical, and that silence is as important as words.

Not quite a great film, but an impressive effort to do something original.


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