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Happiness Runs (2010)

| Drama | 7 May 2010 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joni Barth ...
Rachel's Mom
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Jenny
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Victor's Father
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Little Mackie
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Pete
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Nancy
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Jake
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Chad's Dad
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Hypnotist
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Becky
Greg Harris ...
Sam (as Zia Harris)
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Loni LiPuma ...
Rachel's Friend
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Victor's Mother
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Chad's Mom
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A young man named Victor realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised. Victor's mother is funding the commune where the guru Insley hypnotizes and seduces women with a technique he calls "running." Insley manipulates the minds of these women so that they give him their bodies and all their worldly possessions. Victor's childhood love, Becky, returns to take care of her deathly ill father. Victor, haunted by visions of Becky's death, is desperate to save her and himself by escaping from the polygamous cult. Preoccupied with Insley's free love philosophy, the adults of the community overlook the painful reality that the self destructive behavior of their children is most certainly due to early exposure to sex and drugs. To afford an escape, Victor tries to sell weed but is cut out by rivals competing for Becky's affection. Finally, Victor is torn between getting money from his mother who is entirely under Insley's influence, dealing with the ... Written by Strand Releasing

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Generation Lost

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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$2,674 (USA) (7 May 2010)

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$6,051 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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Becky: They never planned for the future. They weren't supposed to get old and we were never supposed to grow up. The lost, the unwanted, and the abused came here with the purest of intentions, to build a place where there would be no rules, other than a peaceful existence. There are no couples for them. For them, there is only the moment. They tried to raise us to be perfect in their perfect new world and for a moment, maybe it worked. But I think they finally saw their own shortsightedness and ...
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Winter's Going
Written by Bonnie Dobson
Performed by Bonnie Dobson
Courtesy of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Fantastic, if you can relate
13 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fantastic movie... if you've experienced countercultures. If you haven't, you might not get it. This film makes no effort to bring in uninformed audience members. (In sharp contrast to Saving Private Ryan, where a war journalist character, for our sake, knows nothing about war.)

It's human nature to compete and/or differentiate ourselves. This commune homogenizes everything, removing traditional channels of competition and expression. (I've lived in a town like that!) If this film had shown character development, it would have been forced and faked. What it does explore is how how self expression prevails, albeit in a warped and perverted form, despite these constraints. It's a very interesting film.


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