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Eleonore Hendricks (co-screenplay)
Joshua Safdie (story)
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3 October 2008 (USA) See more »
A curious and lost Eleonore looks for something everywhere, even in the bags of strangers who find themselves sadly smiling only well after she's left their lives. They owe her their thanks. | Add synopsis »
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Bat 'Batman' Baxter ... Hello Beautiful / Handsome
Alex Billig ... Trumpet Player
Wayne Chin ... Wayne
Jerry Damons ... Jerry The Cop
Lowell the Dog ... Lowell
John Dwyer ... Drinks For Everybody
The Fly ... Fly
Dawn Glickman ... Dawn
Alex Greenblatt ... Son
Gary Greenblatt ... Father

Eleonore Hendricks ... Eléonore
Francesca LaPrelle ... Mom
Miranda LaPrelle ... Daughter
Astrid Larson ... Astrid
Sam Lisenco

Van Neistat ... Animal Harraser
Eloy Ortega ... Flower / Fruit Stand Attendant
Charlotte Pinson ... Girlfriend

Joshua Safdie ... Josh

Ariel Schulman ... Boyfriend

Andy Spade ... Andy
Bea Spade ... Andy's Daughter Bea
Henry Tejada ... Henry the Doorman
Jordan Valdez ... Jordan The Cop (as Jordan Zaldez)
Calvin Wilson ... TA Cashier

Directed by
Joshua Safdie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eleonore Hendricks  co-screenplay
Joshua Safdie  story & screenplay
Andy Spade  co-story
Anthony Sperduti  co-story

Produced by
Brett Jutkiewicz .... producer
Sam Lisenco .... producer
Casey Neistat .... executive producer
Joshua Safdie .... producer
Zachary Treitz .... producer
Original Music by
The Beets 
Alex Billig 
Noah Britton 
Tiny Seas 
Cinematography by
Brett Jutkiewicz 
Joshua Safdie 
Film Editing by
Brett Jutkiewicz 
Ben Safdie 
Joshua Safdie 
Production Design by
Sam Lisenco 
Art Direction by
Sam Lisenco 
Art Department
Molly McFadden .... props
Ariel Schulman .... assistant art director
Shabd Simon-Alexander .... props
Sound Department
Evan Mangiamele .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Safdie .... sound
Zachary Treitz .... sound
Stephen Valand .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Messina .... assistant camera (as Chris Messina)
Zachary Treitz .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Eleonore Hendricks .... additional casting
Editorial Department
Steven Bodner .... colorist
Olivier Père .... thanks

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Argentina:71 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | USA:71 min

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40 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
The displeasure of having seen this film, 27 June 2008
Author: lbrenusch-1 from Where the oranges grow

The worst film I've seen in years. From the first minute to the last, nothing happens! Our (hugely unlikable) hero, Eleonore, who we follow through the film steals from people for unknown reasons. She is the same person from beginning to end thereby leaving the audience with absolutely no satisfaction. There is no character development, no arc, nothing. This film is as bland as puddy.

It's quite obvious the filmmakers were going for a John Cassavetes story-telling, rawness" but didn't even come close to reaching that bar. Instead they succeeded in showing off their immature, New York, self-indulgent "I'm too deep as an artist" arrogant ability producing this 70 minute film that felt like 3 hours. Everything comes down to idea, idea, idea. Concept, concept, concept. Character, character, character.

My favorite of the worst scenes in the film was the "driver's education film" stuck in the middle of this non-existent plot. I understand people in large cities don't drive & maybe have never driven, but come on: Eleonore, are you 3 years old? Are you mentally-impaired? I mean, you've seen cars, right? You live in NY city, they're all around you. You do get the basic idea of what a car does? How it works?? Ever taken a cab anywhere??? Watching the driver's-ed course which seemed like 45 minutes was pure torture! Seriously, is this really story-telling? C'mon, do you look at your own film & say, "WOW, it's so wonderful & deep."

Having screened at the L.A. Film Festival, when asked about certain character/story questions from the audience, the filmmakers had no clue how to answer these basic questions like, "why does Eleonore steal?", or "what's the meaning behind the title?". They just confirmed to the majority of the audience that they are just a bunch of white-kids with a lot of money, making films in which they have no business doing. I wouldn't have such a problem but knowing they think the world of themselves just because they went to NYU & live in some trendy area, living off mommy & daddy's allowance but play it down like "I'm a struggling artist just like you" is completely insulting.

I felt robbed after having seen this film. Can you give me back my time? How 'bout my money. There is NO pleasure in being robbed.

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