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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

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Some loves can never let you go.

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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26 February 2015 (USA)  »

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The Falling  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,090 (USA) (27 March 2015)

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$176,305 (USA) (8 May 2015)
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Jennifer Lawrence recommended Bradley Cooper for the project. They had worked together previously on Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and they got along so well that they often spoke about working together again in the future. When Lawrence read the script for Serena (2014), she sent a copy to Cooper and asked if he would do it with her. See more »

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On two occasions there are "Zippo" lighters shown and used. The movie takes place in 1929. The "Zippo" company was not founded until 1932 (per their website). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pemberton: Hell, that dog's bigger than that. I thought you said there were panthers here.
Galloway: I ain't seen a panther in these mountains for nine years.
Pemberton: What about the carcass we found up in Noland? Something mauled that.
Galloway: That weren't no panther. Chest weren't torn open. They eat the heart first.
Pemberton: You find me an honest-to-God panther to hunt, and I'll give you a $20 gold piece.
Galloway: If there's a panther still around here it's likely touched by the devil. They end up hunting you.
Pemberton: Well, I want one.
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Beignet Cakewalk
Written by Jeff Ford and Mike Esneault
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Could be more focused
9 February 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a timber tycoon in a rural place, whose life drastically changes after marrying a girl who lost her family to a devastating fire when she was twelve.

I watched "Serena" at once after getting my hands on it. The pairing of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence could not be wrong, I thought. The plot is all about Serena, and is roughly in three parts, thee first showing Jennifer Lawrence in a confident mode, the second showing her in distress and the third showing her in callousness. Jennifer Lawrence does well to portray these qualities, but the main problem is that she's too young and beautiful to be in such a role. Think Nicole Kidman in "Cold Mountain".

On the other hand, Bradley Cooper is believable as a tycoon. Lighting effects are great as well. Story telling could be more focused though, as there are scenes which don't lead to anywhere, such as the scene where there's an accident involving someone slipping next to a tree. Overall, I think "Serena" is an OK film but it isn't as thrilling or engaging as it could be.


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