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A Very Serious Person (2006)

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A coming-of-age tale about a showtunes- and old Hollywood-obsessed boy and his effete Danish mentor. The two bond and teach each other lessons about self-acceptance over the course of one magical summer on the Jersey Shore.

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P.J. Verhoest ...
Gil
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Betty
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Mrs. A
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Terry
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Jan
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Mrs. Kupchunas
Marvin Einhorn ...
Mr. Horowitz
Jonathan Ospa ...
Travis
Ben Roberts ...
Waiter
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Little Girl (as Heather Schact)
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Glenda
Carl Andress ...
Lee
Simon Fortin ...
Gilles
Judith Hawking ...
Maude
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Jan, an itinerant male nurse from Denmark, takes a new job with Mrs. A, a terminally ill Manhattan woman raising her parentless thirteen-year-old grandson, Gil. Spending the summer by the shore, the emotionally reserved Jan finds himself oddly cast as a mentor to Gil in having to prepare the sensitive boy for life with his cousins in Florida after his grandmother's death. A deep friendship grows between these two solitary people. By the end of the summer, Gil has developed a new maturity and independence, while the enigmatic Jan has revealed his own vulnerability. Written by Charles Busch

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Very Touching Characters
2 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not gay and the gay people I know are not obvious about it at all, so I can't speak about how fair or unfair the characterizations and stereotypes may or may not be. Lots of movies make unfair stereotypes - in fact, when you compress the life story of people into two hours - stereotypes are often very useful, hopefully they are not cruel. What I do find about this movie is some incredibly real dialogue and situations. Yes, the acting is so bad sometimes its comical - but at its core, this is a smart movie and the main two actors, really come through as real people reminding me to keep trying to be myself and keep doing the best I can. Life is awkward and plans rarely work out, but it is the ones we love and the moments we share with each other that make it all tolerable. Gill and Yon are awesome characters and I could watch them all day.


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