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For Ellen (2012)

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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Joby Taylor
Peter Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
William Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
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Fred Butler
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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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Ellen Taylor
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Mike Almond ...
Bar Extra (as Michael Almond)
Gabrielle Bergeron ...
Bar Extra
Bonnie Lucia ...
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Robert Jordan ...
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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) (7 September 2012)

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$7,282 (USA) (7 September 2012)
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So Yong Kim's previous films, In Between Days (2006) and Treeless Mountain (2008), both dealt with the repercussions of having absentee fathers. Here, she tackles a similar subject but this time from the point of view of the absentee father himself. See more »

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Fred Butler: Um, well, I have some bad news... but/and good news. What would you like to hear first?
Joby Taylor: Umm... bad news.
Fred Butler: O-okay. So I spoke with Mr. Hamilton and explained your situation and what you want, and... he said no to your request.
Joby Taylor: Okay.
Fred Butler: There's more. He surmises that if you continue to drag this on, because, um... uh, you were supposed to sign today, and, uh... He said if you don't sign by tomorrow, they WILL take you to court.
Joby Taylor: Okay, and that, uh... affects the settlement money, right?
Fred Butler: Then there's ...
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

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Written by Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner
Performed by The National
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
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Slow pace does not equal poor movie "For Ellen" is proof
10 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some movies are for fun. Some movies are for adventure. Some movies are art and are actually a "film" For Ellen is art. Yes it is slow, yes it has few words and little action. This film is about emotions that do not need laughs and action to be nurtured. Dano is approaching Oscar level acting at a very young age. I can't wait to see his skills grow and deepen. This movie is sad because that is what the characters are feeling! It is powerful and emotional and really well made. I don't have much else to say except that a lot of movie goers expect to be surprised with original twist and plot turns, but are not impressed with deliberate quality. This film is deliberate and delivers quality.


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