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Humboldt County (2008)

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A disillusioned medical student is stranded for a summer in a remote community of counterculture pot farmers, the last place in the world he imagined he would discover himself.

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Peter
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Professor Hadley
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Sondra
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Medical Student
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Man in Bathroom
John Murdock ...
Jazz Club Bassist
Lenny Pettinelli ...
Jazz Club Pianist
B. Swislo ...
Jazz Club Drummer
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Rosie
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Charity
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Max
Geoffrey Robinson ...
Earl (as Geoffrey 'Lizard' Robinson)
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Bob
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Peter is burned out: finishing med school at UCLA, failing the bedside manner class his father teaches, no sleep in days. He spends the night with Bogart, a woman he's just met, and the next day, sleepily gets in her car. He wakes up in Arcata, where Bogart's foster family lives in the woods: Max, his daughter, mom, and step dad. They grow marijuana for their own consumption, except for Max, who has planted six hidden patches for one big score. Bogart hates pot farming - feds are on constant patrol - so she splits, leaving Peter to depend on Max for a ride to the bus. A day stretches into two, and Peter puts off leaving. A reckoning with his dad is inevitable: is Peter's rebirth possible? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for drug content and language throughout | See all certifications »

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26 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$25,933 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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$81,364 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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[first lines]
Bogart: [in doctor's office] When I came home from the clinic everyone was asleep. Normally they'd hear my truck. We live in the middle of nowhere, so... I parked it about a half a mile down the road and I walked home, but my boyfriend heard. He hears everything. When he came in to see what was wrong, I just tried to pretend to be asleep. But I couldn't hold it in, and I started to cry.
Peter: Go on...
Bogart: Sorry. I was balling my eyes out, and uh, he held me. And I wished... I wished I hadn't done it....
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Never Better
Performed by Fil Eisler
Written by 'Fil Eisler' (BMI) and John Deley (ASCAP)
© 2007 Fil Eisler (BMI) and 540 Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Own Brand Records
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29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Humboldt County is fantastic. It's sensitive, complex and is one of the best films I've seen in many years. It doesn't chose sides, instead it allows the audience to draw their own conclusions and it trusts its audience is savvy enough to follow. The performances are really surprising, especially if you're used to seeing Brad Dourif as Wormtongue. I really enjoy the ambiguous ending as well, since you're not really sure where the main character is headed. It feels very 70's and at the same time manages to be fresh and unexpected. Also, I was struck by the natural surroundings of the place and the score really supports this quiet beauty. For newcomer filmmakers, it looks like these guys have been doing this for quite a while. If you want something beautiful and paradoxical, go see this film!


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