Tenderness (2009)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  15 January 2009 (Israel)
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A policeman works to figure out whether a violent teen murdered his family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Poole
Aunt Teresa
Dan Komenko
Vivienne Benesch ...
Lisa Komenko
Brian Patrick Russell ...
Facility Director (as Brian Russell)
Lou Sumrall ...
Cafeteria Guard
Jackie Cristofuoro
Sam (as Lee Sellars)
Matt Pepper ...
Saul Stein ...
Another Guard


Three lives. Buffalo detective Lt. Cristofuoro, whose catatonic wife is in hospital, takes a special interest in Eric Komenko, a juvenile who killed his parents and will be freed on his 18th birthday. So has Lori Cranston, 15 or 16, her body fully developed and the object of lust by her boss and her mother's new boyfriend. She keeps a scrapbook about Eric, and when he's released from custody, she hides in the backseat of his car, insisting he take her with him on a trip toward Albany where he's planning to meet a girl. Cristofuoro is certain Eric will kill again, so he follows. It's clear early on that Cristofuoro's probably right, but what's Lori's motivation? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The intimacy of the kill.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 January 2009 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Tenderness - Auf der Spur des Killers  »

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Lt. Cristofuoro: My wife likes to say there are two kinds of people, those chasing pleasure, and those running from pain. Lorelei Cranston is Running. Running from all kinds of everything. Probably has been her whole life.
Lt. Cristofuoro: If you ask me, nobody gets to escape their pain. It's there when you brush your teeth at night. It's there before breakfast. It will come up fierce and sharp, and lay in to you blunt and heavy. The most you can hope for is one good day. Because on a good day you get to tell ...
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Don't bother with this one!
12 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Russell Crowe. The guy who plays Eric is pretty cute and a good actor. So, one star for each of them: but, even Oscar-winner Russell Crowe couldn't save this one.

The supposed chemistry between Lori & Eric just didn't work for me. The sub-plot with the Detective and his wife wasn't fleshed out enough to make me care.

On the plus side, The cinematography was gorgeous and the cast definitely can act. However, the pace is PAINFULLY slow for a thriller. And (no spoilers) the ending was a bit anti-climatic.

I just kept wishing it would end which, gladly, it finally did.

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