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The Caller (2008)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 13 February 2009 (USA)
An energy business exec is assisted by a private investigator in his effort to expose his corporation's corrupt practices.

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Axel Feldmann ...
Grégory Ravary Ellis ...
Lulu (as Grégory Ellis)
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Young Jimmy's Father
Marion Servole ...
Young Jimmy's Mother
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Jimmy
Devin Luke ...
Limo Driver
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John Pierce (as Edward Hyland)
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Paul Wainsail
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Jack Cross
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Turlotte
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Teddy
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Jeff
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Sammy
Anabel Sosa ...
Lila
Helen Stenborg ...
Jimmy's Mother
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France 1944: during an aerial bombardment, two boys are separated from their parents; the older one helps the younger. Jump ahead to contemporary Manhattan where chief financial officer Jimmy Stevens punishes his company's murderous practices in Third World countries by setting up its stock release to fail. He knows they'll kill him in retaliation; he asks for two weeks. By telephone, using a voice disguising device, he hires a private detective, Frank Turlotte, to watch ... Jimmy. What's going on? Jimmy goes to the park where he reads a book and talks to children; he visits his aged mother. Frank observes it all. The two-week deadline approaches. What's Jimmy's game? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »
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The silent movie playing on the TV is _Nosferatu (1922)_. See more »

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The device Mr. Stevens plugs into his phone to morph his voice when talking to Frank is actually a power adapter for the iGo charger. See more »

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An interesting film to contemplate
13 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was really quite a good movie, but not necessarily one for "consumers" of movies not accustomed to dialog between characters, or those who expect the meaning to reside primarily in the plot. In this film, the minute details of who is trying to kill the protagonist and exactly why, is purposely left vague.

This is a character study, and examines the fundamental truth, that each of us is isolated in the universal moments of their life, such as death. Simply sharing that moment with someone, confirms the profound meaning of the human connection.

I also appreciate that this film presents mature actors in an way that does not reduce them to stereotype. Other cultures, still portray a broad spectrum of characters in their films, allowing different age groups and generations to interact in meaningful ways. It's refreshing to see this in an American film.

In summing up, I think this movie has more meaning for those more than half-way through their journey in life.


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