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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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Elmer Gravlaki (as Jake Siciliano)
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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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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 »

Quotes

Ben Smith: Are you avoiding me, Ms. Gray?
Mona Gray: I thought I dropped something out of the window.
Ben Smith: Like what? A quadratic equation
Mona Gray: More like a decimal point
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This movie could have been so much more...
18 August 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

"An Invisible Sign" really had potential to be something unique, sadly, it turned out not to spread out all of its potential. It was a shame, because the movie really did have a beautiful story at heart, it was just directed and told in a manner that really didn't make use of everything the movie and the actors had to offer.

The story in "An Invisible Sign" is about Mona Gray (played by Jessica Alba) who has withdrawn herself into a world of math after her father (played by John Shea) became suddenly ill. Without work and means of supporting herself, Mona finds herself having to live on her own for the first time. Luckily her mother (played by Sonia Braga) manages to find Mona a teaching job at the local school as a math teacher. Untrained for teaching, Mona finds herself thrust into a parental role to some of the children as they have very real problems and crisis of their own.

What made the movie worthwhile watching was the acting put on by all the actors and actresses that were in the movie, because they really delivered some amazing performances. However, it was limited how much they had to work with here, and it was a shame, because this limitation really held back what could have been awesome performances.

The characters in the movie were distinctive, unique and very nicely carved out with their quirks, traits and personalities. And the characters were persons and individuals that you immediately bought into, taking a liking or a disliking to.

There was untapped potential in this movie, and the world will never get to see what a beautiful story the movie could have bloomed into in the hands of the right storyteller.


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