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Shadows & Lies (2010)

William Vincent (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | 25 April 2010 (USA)
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A man returns to New York after years in exile to save the girl he loves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Vincent
Haskell King ...
Rebecca (as Zoe Lister Jones)
Ty Anania ...
Older Brother
Louis Anania ...
Younger Brother
Sitting Man
John Tintori ...
Walking Man
Mick Casalle ...
Man with Cigarette


The story of William Vincent as he recounts the eccentric and curious path that has brought him, at mortal risk, to New York City, after four years in exile, to rescue a woman he scarcely knows, Ann, from the vague crime syndicate that first brought them together. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 April 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Praise of Shadows  »

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2.35 : 1
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On the opening title card the word iridescent is misspelled with 2 Rs. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: The iridescent lipstick of the Kyoto geisha when seen in the dim light of a candle... / Jun 'ichiro Tanizaki / 'In Praise of Shadows'
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Nothing to offer anyone except some nice photography and some long mug shots for die-hard fans of prettyboy Franco.
13 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'SHADOWS & LIES': Two Stars (Out of Five)

James Franco stars in this unbelievably slow and uneventful artsy indie film about a man trying to free the woman he thinks he loves from a New York City organized crime syndicate. It's written and directed by Jay Anania who was one of Franco's teachers at New York University. The film also features Josh Lucas, Martin Donovan and Julianne Nicholson. It's the perfect example of too much style over substance.

In the movie Franco plays a small time crook named William Vincent who picks people's pockets and often throws it away. He draws the attention of a local New York City drug runner (Lucas) who is impressed by his skills and apparent lack of humanity. He offers William a job and then a night with his woman, Ann (Julianne Nicholson). William falls for Ann, even though he knows nothing about her, and this of course causes complications with his new employer.

The movie is extremely slow paced and very moody. There's very little dialogue and the film is instead content with just giving the viewer long camera shots of the actor's blank faces (mostly Franco). If you're a big fan of Franco and into his looks this might be enough for you but most others will be extremely bored. The directing is kind of cool, the cinematography is beautiful and the music striking but the screenplay is so poorly written. Nothing much ever happens, we learn almost nothing about any of the characters and as a result the film seems very pointless. It starts promising, it's beautiful to look at and it's nice to see Franco taking some different projects but he's not given anything really to work with here. The movie is almost a total waste of time with nothing to offer anyone except some nice photography and some long mug shots for die-hard fans of prettyboy Franco.

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