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A Trip to Swadades (2008)

R | | Drama | 23 May 2008 (USA)
Shot on black-and-white super-16mm, A Trip to Swadades tells the story of a 74-year-old ex-professor named Schweitzer Haas who, after many years of living away from Philadelphia, the city ... See full summary »

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Robert Swenson ...
Schweitzer Haas
Glenn Walsh ...
Ezra Haas
Stephen Hatzai ...
Claude Schoonover
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Katya Quinn-Judge ...
Woman in the Dream
William Cully Allen ...
Grocer
Naoko Masuda ...
The Strange Minstrel
Matthew Savoca ...
Young Schweitzer
Gregory Lytle ...
Young Ezra
Daniel Kremer ...
Man Outside Shvitz
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Shot on black-and-white super-16mm, A Trip to Swadades tells the story of a 74-year-old ex-professor named Schweitzer Haas who, after many years of living away from Philadelphia, the city where he came of age, returns to visit his hermit brother Ezra who has perfected his freakish steel-trap memory. As a result, however, his apartment has become an unlivable and unsanitary place. He goes out to find some cleaning supplies, only to find himself lost in a city he no longer knows. By shear happenstance, he bumps into an old friend, a world-class cut-up, who takes him to a place of importance to their past. There, Schweitzer realizes he must reconcile with the brother he has not spoken to and has refused to understand for most of his life. Written by thustlebird

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The only thing he ever planned was how to get away, how to stay there...but never how to get back. See more »

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Drama

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23 May 2008 (USA)  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The title of the original script was 'The Skin Interpreter'. Writer-director Daniel Kremer disliked it and changed the title to A Trip to Swadades when he encountered the Portuguese word "saudades" in reading Jorge Luis Borges. The word "saudades" (meaning "intense longing and nostalgia for a thing of the past"), coincidentally, is production designer Paul Sylbert's favorite word. Sylbert is fluent in the Portuguese language. See more »

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Ezra Haas: Oaths are but words, and words but the wind...and fuck you again.
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Crazy Credits

There is no orchestral score, just a man whistling a tune as the opening credits play over archive 8mm footage of the characters' past. See more »

Connections

References Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) See more »

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Paper Doll
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Written by Johnny Black
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