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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Bar Extra
Robert Jordan ...
Bar Extra
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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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19 September 2012 (France)  »

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Dla Ellen  »

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Opening Weekend:

$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 Na-moo-eobs-neun san (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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Joby Taylor: I thought that w-we're splitting everything. I get half the house. I get half the kid. Uh...
Fred Butler: No, um... I mean, I thought... I thought you knew that that was a condition for the... for the fifty/fifty settlement on the house. You know, in return, you must give up legal custody of Ellen as...
Joby Taylor: No.
Fred Butler: ...as her biological father.
Joby Taylor: No. No, that's not what I thought it said in the document at all. The-the-the settlement is about getting my share of that house she's living in, which I legally own half of.
Fred Butler:
Joby Taylor:
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

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A Woman Like You
Written by Merris Bell
Performed by Jason Merris Bell and The Horse Thieves
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Paul Dano -istic
24 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a small indie about Joby Taylor (Paul Dano). He 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 needed to work with the girl.

I hate to complain about a little girl's performance. But she added very little to the emotional feel. She was stone-faced thru most of her screen time. Although it could be argued that it was called for, it's hard to act back and forth without 1 side participating.


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