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Tenderness (2009)

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A policeman works to figure out whether a violent teen murdered his family.

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Eric Poole
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Lori
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Aunt Teresa
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Marsha
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Dan Komenko
Vivienne Benesch ...
Lisa Komenko
Brian Patrick Russell ...
Facility Director (as Brian Russell)
Lou Sumrall ...
Cafeteria Guard
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Jackie Cristofuoro
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Gary
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Sam (as Lee Sellars)
Matt Pepper ...
Ben
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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>

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The intimacy of the kill.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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15 January 2009 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Tenderness - Auf der Spur des Killers  »

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Russell Crowe filmed all of his scenes in 9 days. See more »

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When Eric and Lori are at the Reststop/Store, where Lori try's on clothes and Eric is seen purchasing a necklace, it is day time and the sun is out. Next, when Lt. Cristofuoro is driving in his car it is now very dark and obviously nighttime. However, when we go back to the next scene, as Eric and Lori explore the abandoned trailer and Lt. Cristofuoro shows up, it is now back to day time and the sun is out again. See more »

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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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Breathe
Written and Performed by Alexi Murdoch
Published by Mind Blue Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Zero Summer Records
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Good film about twisted people
21 November 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Terderness is not a thriller, it is a drama with suspense, if you don't get it, then you don't. It is an indie, different, and not a happy one, not by far. It reminds me of the Korean film Seom (The Isle), although it is not as brutal, just as sad. People in it, very well portrayed all in all, are desperate, trying to be anything else than they have to be. It is rare to find this slowly moving film with such strong emotions beneath the surface, specially when the problems are so far off, at least an American one, they are use to be about people finding themselves. This film is about trying to lost oneself. It deserves to get noticed, although I can't imagine normal people liking it. But if you like such films as The Isle, Underground, Funny Games, it is a must.


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