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Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 2012 (France)
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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Peter Roberts ...
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Tow-Truck Guy
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Claire Taylor
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Mr. Hamilton
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Cindy
Ronald Walter Mandigo ...
Claire Taylor's Fiancé / Bowling Alley Extra
Mara Pelifian ...
Mrs. Butler
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Susan
Mike Almond ...
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Joby Taylor, having risked home and family in pursuit of the roll-and-roll dream, finds himself being asked to surrender all rights of paternity to his six-year-old daughter Ellen in a divorce settlement. With much at stake at this late stage, is it too late for him to start being a father? That's the question as he approaches a deadline decision to either surrender or fight. Written by statmanjeff

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$6,000 (USA) (9 September 2012)

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$7,282 (USA) (9 September 2012)
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Joby Taylor: Listen, I swear to God I didn't want to go down this route, but here it goes: Remember when you didn't want Ellen but I did, and it was me who stopped you from aborting her? Did you forget that? Well, if you need a reminder, I still have the paperwork from the clinic in Chicago, and I'm not afraid to use it.
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Paul Dano -istic
24 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) is a failed musician who just got divorced. He is estranged from his ex and his daughter. Essentially he is a complete mess. He needs to work out custody of his girl Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo) and in the process hopefully reconnect with her.

Paul Dano is able to play this part well. However I think it took too long to get to the girl. It felt repetitive to see him as a loser for that long. It stagnated the film. For the film to work, it needs to get to the girl quicker. I hate to complain about a little girl's performance. But she added very little to the emotional feel. She is stone-faced thru most of her screen time. Although it could be argued that it is called for, it's hard to act back and forth without 1 side participating.


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