The Favor (2007)

 |  Drama  |  19 October 2007 (Mexico)
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Lawrence (played by Frank Wood), a photographer living on his own in New Jersey, rekindles a relationship with his old flame Caroline (played by Paige Turco) shortly before she dies in an ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Lazar ...
Mr. Smith
Michael Higgins ...
Mr. Ritter
Luke Robertson ...
Young Lawrence
Young Caroline
Dr. Charles
Policeman #1
Jesse Kelly ...
Aldo Perez ...
History Teacher
Aurélia Thiérrée ...
Photo Shop Girl (as Aurelia Thierree)
Richard M. Davidson ...
Principal Foreman


Lawrence (played by Frank Wood), a photographer living on his own in New Jersey, rekindles a relationship with his old flame Caroline (played by Paige Turco) shortly before she dies in an accident. Her 16 year-old son Johnny (played by Ryan Donowho) has nowhere to go and Lawrence takes him in. Lawrence tries hard to be a father to Johnny but Johnny repeatedly rejects him and wreaks havoc in his home. Many dramatic and comedic events unfold, involving Johnny's love interest Mariana (played by Isidra Vega), Johnny's drug dealer (played by Jesse Kelly), Johnny's real father (played by Aldo Perez), and Lawrence's dog (played by Nikki). "The Favor" features songs by The Cure, The Troggs, The Stone Roses, Interpol, Nikki Sudden, Blondie, The Cascades, Chris Montez, The Jacobites & The Garretts. Written by Anonymous

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19 October 2007 (Mexico)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

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A wonderful surprise
24 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie by chance on IFC a few days ago. It was a delight. The premise is really interesting and the acting is superb.This film is Eva Aridjis's first feature and it was a wonderful surprise to discover that she is a greatly talented young director, whose style is already very accomplished and refined. Everything in this film is made with a loving, expert and sensitive hand. From the choice of the locations to the use of the music, the superb editing and the wonderful dialog. The characters are all very interesting and poignant. The strong performances made me want to see more of those actors. I am looking forward to the next feature by Eva Aridjis.

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