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An Invisible Sign (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 October 2010 (USA)
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Mona Gray is a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises.

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Mom
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Mr. Jones
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Young Mona
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Ms. Gelband
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Lisa's Aunt
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Panida Saleswoman
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Ann DiGanno
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Danny O'Mazzi
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Elmer Gravlaki
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Ellen
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Lisa's Mom
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After a stroke of her father, the weird Mona Gray gives up of all the things she likes expecting that her father will be better. When she is 20 year-old, she is expelled from home by her mother to live her own life. Soon her mother lies to her friend Ms. Gelband, who is principal of a school, telling that Mona Gray is graduated and she hires her to teach mathematic to the third grade. Mona Gray feels affection for the orphan Lisa Venus and her odd behavior attracts the attention of the teacher Ben Smith. When there is an incident at school, the life of Mona Gray changes for good. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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An 1nvisible Si6n  »

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America Ferrera was originally cast as Mona Gray, but dropped out and Jessica Alba replaced her. See more »

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When Alba was in class and put a child in a corner by the door she wrote two large numbers on the black board and wanted the children to tell her what sign (greater or less than) to put between them. When the child made a sound to get her attention you could see the less than sign already written on the board, but it was missing after the child from the corner gave the correct answer and the teacher wrote it on the board. See more »

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Mona Gray: [narrating] I used to love my dad's stories, until the one he told me on my tenth birthday.
Dad: There once was a kingdom where everybody lived forever. But the problem with nobody ever dying was that the kingdom got very crowded. And so the king, getting squeezed out of his own castle by his endless royal lineage, issued a decree.
King: [still-life cartoon] Everybody in my kingdom, please pick one person from your family to die. We will have a mass execution that will bring forth much-needed ...
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419th Review: The vibe is right, but content is oh so weak
20 May 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

I so wanted to love this; how many films are there about math teachers connecting with their students. It's such a great idea. However, in the execution, the indie vibe goes from off-kilter to off-track and the film is weirdly pompous in its false modesty and humbleness.

Quite frankly after some initial interest it's biggest problem is boredom - neither the script, nor the events, nor the characterization hold the attention - and so what we end up is a lot of loose ends and ideas.

Jessica Alban does a fine job at the slightly emo OCD vibe but we never really connect with the cuteness, and all in all, it was a little too off-kilter for this viewer.

If you like indie films you may enjoy this - we just couldn't connect with it - and found it all trying too hard to be different, instead of using the film to show math as a tool for wider issues.


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