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Death in Love -- The devastating legacy of a liaison between a concentration camp inmate and a Nazi doctor reflects on the lives of her sons.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Boaz Yakin (written by)
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Release Date:
17 July 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sin. Suffer. Repeat. See more »
Plot:
The devastating legacy of a liaison between a concentration camp inmate and a Nazi doctor reflects on the lives of her sons. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Weak and indulgent film-making in all its glory See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Josh Lucas ... Eldest Son

Jacqueline Bisset ... The Mother

Lukas Haas ... Youngest Son

Morena Baccarin ... Beautiful Woman

Betty Gilpin ... Young Model

Emma Bell ... Young Girl

Vanessa Kai ... Asian Woman
Carrington Vilmont ... The Doctor

Jean Brassard ... Young Girl's Father

Adam Brody ... Talent Agent

Stu Richel ... The Father

Matt Walton ... Young Father
Jake Houston ... Younger Brother
Nicholas Sireci ... Young Brother

Kelli Giddish ... Young Mother
Joe Forbrich ... Hotel Manager
Ron Megown ... Older Doctor (as Ronald Megown)

Seth Fisher ... Hotel Receptionist

Jamie Hurley ... Woman Tending Child
Ravenna Fahey ... Woman In Cafe
Jeffrey K. Miller

Lars Gerhard ... Uniformed Guard

Kathleen Doyle ... Woman on Street

Francis Dumaurier ... Old Lawyer
Pascale Faye
Jeanne Omlor ... Young Girl's Mother

Laura Holloway ... Woman #1
Grace Nassar ... Woman #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Abigail Kuklis ... Featured

Fabrizia Dal Farra ... Concentration Camp Woman (uncredited)

Nick Latrenta ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jacqueline Margolis ... The Widow (uncredited)

Jena Mroz ... Model (uncredited)

Elizabeth Newman ... The Waitress (uncredited)
Rich Odell ... Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Boaz Yakin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Boaz Yakin (written by)

Produced by
Alma Har'el .... co-producer
Kathleen Heffernan .... associate producer
Josh Lucas .... executive producer
Rafael Marmor .... associate producer
Boaz Yakin .... producer
Joseph Zolfo .... producer
Andrew Zolot .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lesley Barber 
 
Cinematography by
Frederik Jacobi 
 
Film Editing by
John F. Lyons 
 
Casting by
Todd Thaler  (as Todd M. Thaler)
 
Production Design by
Dara Wishingrad 
 
Set Decoration by
Jade Healy 
 
Costume Design by
Sue Gandy 
 
Makeup Department
Bert Reo Anderson .... key hair stylist
Mara Palumbo Capps .... key makeup artist (as Mara Palumbo)
Joseph Farulla .... makeup department head
Joseph Farulla .... special effects makeup designer
Christal Schanes .... hair department head
Christal Schanes .... head hair department
Christal Schanes .... wig designer
 
Production Management
Andrew Zolot .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ethan Anderson .... second second assistant director
Alma Har'el .... second unit director
Rebecca Strickland .... first assistant director
Aurora Warfield .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tracy Crim .... camera scenic artist
Roxy Gillespie .... set dresser
Melanie Hamlett .... set dresser
Kathleen Heffernan .... creative consultant
Aya Kaneta .... art department intern
Kasia Kowalczyk .... art department intern
Tim Linden .... set dresser
Jennifer Pastecchi .... art department intern
Lizzette Perez .... art department intern
Amy Teitter .... set dresser
Chris Trujillo .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Karina Becker .... foley artist
Ryan Maguire .... adr mixer
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer
Richard Murphy .... sound mixer
Tara Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Pruyn-Bush .... second boom operator
Seth Tallman .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Wilhelm .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunt coordinator
Vince Cupone .... co-stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastián Almeida .... first assistant camera
Denise Bailie .... second unit: camera operator
John Clifford .... still photographer
Dylan Crawshay-Williams .... key rigging grip
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Erik Guldbech .... additional set electrician
Rob Harlow .... best boy grip
Rob Harlow .... grip
Nina Kuhn .... gaffer
Alexander Martin .... electrician
Tom Mone .... best boy grip: second unit
Iris Ng .... Genny operator
Samantha Sa .... additional grip
Michele SchianodiCola .... best boy grip
Yoshi Sonoda .... best boy electric
Debbie Stampfle .... second assistant camera
David Woolner .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Allison Twardziak .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasha Konowalow .... costume design intern
Yolanda Rodney .... wardrobe supervisor
Danielle Smith .... costumer (as Danielle Stephenson)
 
Editorial Department
David Gauff .... digital intermediate editor
 
Music Department
Lesley Barber .... pianist
Ben Goldberg .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Jamiyl Campbell .... key set production assistant
Sasha Charlemagne .... assistant production coordinator
Tracy Christmas .... production intern
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Tal Harris .... production intern
Brandon Herman .... electronic press kit producer
Liz Huizinga .... assistant accountant
Sheila Iniego .... intern
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... choreographer
Sara Lane .... production accountant
Benjamin Logan .... production assistant
David Magdael .... publicist
James McKay .... production secretary
Jayar Myers .... assistant location manager (as JR Myers)
John F. Perez Jr. .... location scout
Joaquin Diego Prange .... location manager
Gabrielle Rivera .... production assistant
Scott Rose .... assistant to director/writer
Christopher Sarli .... production intern
Hilary Stabb .... assistant: production lawyer
Tim Stacker .... location manager
Steven Wallace .... publicist
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Imran Yusufzai .... office production assistant
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent and graphic sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
97 min
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Australia:R (2009) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | USA:R (certificate #45394)
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None of the characters have names, the screenplay was written specifically for all the characters not to address each other by name.See more »
Quotes:
Eldest Son:No, don't. Please, don't leave. I'm sorry.
Beautiful Woman:For what?
Eldest Son:It... just... I'm sorry.
Beautiful Woman:No, you're not.
Eldest Son:What the hell is that supposed to mean? I'm telling you I'm sorry, and you're telling me that I'm not for nothing will change that. I'm sorry.
Beautiful Woman:No. You can say whatever you want to say, and you cannot take it back. You're not sorry. From that impassive tone of voice and those empty eyes, you're not sorry.
Eldest Son:Please don't go. You're hurt about what I said. I'm sorry.
Beautiful Woman:No... you're not.
Eldest Son:It's not like I did something terrible to you.
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31 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Weak and indulgent film-making in all its glory, 25 January 2010
Author: Siamois from Canada

What happens when the writer of some gems as "The Punisher", "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" who also directed crap like "Uptown Girls" decides to write and direct an artsy flick?

Death In Love is the answer. This film does not pull any punch when it comes to gruesome and explicit scenes. Writer/director Boaz Yakin had to finance this film all by himself because he had specific things in mind. This would never have been approved by studios and I understand why he got no financial backing. Having a specific vision, refusing to compromise are all laudable as far as I am concerned.

It's just that, unfortunately, Yakin's vision seems terribly limited. So are his skills as a storyteller. The founding story arc revolves around a Jewish girl who begins an affair with a doctor overseeing experiments on human in a concentration camp during WWII. Yakin goes all guns blazing trying to showcase the intensity of this relationship and fails spectacularly because there is a total lack of chemistry between the actors and the script is emotionally numb right from the start. She just supposedly falls in love at first sight, with a psycho doctor who looks like an extra in an infomercial.

The second story arc (which gets the most screen time) takes place in the present and features this woman again with her husband and two adult sons. All of which seem to be mysteriously as nuts as she is for no reason whatsoever.

In between, we get flashbacks from the time her sons were children and how she'd go nuts and scare them, but it's done awkwardly, like what you'd expect in a direct to video "it happened for real" melodrama featuring Melissa Gilbert or some other has-been.

The present-day story arc features the most interesting and intriguing scenes. The youngest son (Lukas Haas) is a total waste of screen time as an obnoxious man-child who has various phobias and still live with his parent. But the eldest son (Josh Lucas) gets a lot of screen time. He's almost 40 years old, seemingly jaded about everything. Of lot of his scenes (particularly with his co-worker played by Adam Brody) feature dialogue that, while not amazing, is still better than what the rest of the movie has to offer.

There are a few themes displayed but Yakin, in the least subtle way EVER implies a strong connection between pain and sexuality. In fact, so strong that he almost implies one is synonymous with the other. This could be a powerful and interesting theme to explore in a few characters but here, it's just not done well. Every character on screen has intense desire to masturbate, and it seems nobody is able to make love without beating his partner at the same time. It's just... amateurish. The story and characters feel artificial despite all the courageous grit Yakin put in the film.

There is also a strong undercurrent of self-loathing in all the main characters. Yakin is Jewish himself and I sensed that he was extremely critical of a segment of people who shun their origins and hate what they are. And I can appreciate his attempt to highlight that. One of the most powerful scene, to me, was a small one where the Jewish girl at the concentration camp (who receives favorable treatment from the doctor, her lover) refuses to give the rest of her meal to a starving Jewish violinist. Instead, she sadistically eats every last crumb, as if she renounced her Jewish heritage and what she really is.

All in all, I think Yakin tackled powerful issues in a very confusing way. This feels like a very personal film but unfortunately, the few powerful scenes in there, the great performances by Lucas, Bisset and Haas and the grittiness can't save a weak script and a weak story.

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