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Jolene (2008)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2008 (USA)
A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

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Coco Leger
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Uncle Phil
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Sal Fontaine
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Marin
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Aunt Kay
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Brad
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Teacher
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A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

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A life between the exit signs

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Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use

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Trivia

Jessica Chastain's feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Jolene is narrating about the trial of Uncle Phil she says that she needed to prove that she was 16 and therefore he was guilty of "statutory rape"; This part of the film takes place in South Carolina where the age of consent is 16 therefore it would not be statutory rape, he could be found guilty of adultery and that would have been grounds for divorce from his wife though. See more »

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In on-screen credits, Don Mosley is listed twice as Chief Lighting Technician. See more »

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Featured in La noche de...: La sombra de la sospecha (2017) See more »

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Jolene,Jolene
music and lyrics by Ron Orlando
Performed by Ron Orlando and Mystery Train
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A Star Is Born
28 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jessica Chastain gives one of those performances that make history in this wonderful Dan Ireland film based on a short story by Doctorow. She goes through a life of radical changes, so much so that it could be considered a multi character study if not for the amazing truth in Chastain's portrayal. The exteriors may change and circumstances may appear diametrically opposite but at its very center she's the same girl we met at the beginning, never ever betraying that spirit or that thirst for life. Like in Dan Ireland's "The Whole Wide World", that launched the career of Rene Zellwegger, "Jolene" may do the same for Jessica Chastain. I don't think I'll see a better performance this year.


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