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Scalene (2011)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  4 June 2011 (USA)
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A perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent revenge after his incarceration.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janice Trimble
Jakob Trimble
Paige Alexander
Mrs. Alexander
Raymond Kester ...
Mr. Alexander
Sean Blodgett ...
Public Defender
Angela Steele ...
City Prosecutor
Dr. Khamis
Daniel Trimble
Eric Monroe ...
Samantha Eileen DeTurk ...
Waitress (as Samantha Eileen Deturk)


A single mother is desperately trying to care for her mentally-handicapped son, Jakob. She's out for revenge when Jakob is charged with rape. Paige, the victim, was hired as a care-taker for Jakob and she also just wants what is best for him. But who is in the right, and what really happened? Written by napierslogs

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The Truth Is Just A Point Of View


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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4 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escaleno  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Paige Alexander: [answering the door] What do you want?
Janice Trimble: I want him. I want him back. I want him back!
[brandishing a gun]
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Written by Nubia
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A surprising gem
27 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was invited to a screening of this movie by a friend, and when I heard I was going to be seeing a low budget, independent film I did everything short of feign illness to get out of having to attend. On the way to the theater my mind filled with images of ridiculous drive-in fare and late, late, late night monster movies of the sort where you can see the zipper on the creature where the "actor" climbs inside, along with a multitude of other cringe-worthy scenes that come to mind when someone says "low-budget". Bottom line, I expected everything to be horrible. What I got instead with Scalene was a taut, heart-wrenching character study with such a degree of emotional impact that I was left still shaken the following day.

The story is told from three people's perspectives, and as can be expected each of their individual stories fills in gaps left vacant by the others'. This isn't the first time I've seen multiple perspectives in a movie, but as far as I can recall it's the first time I've seen three separate perspectives told in such singularly distinct ways. The lead actress, Margo Martindale, is simply marvelous. Her name might not be familiar to you, but you'll recognize her from everything from Dexter to Million Dollar Baby. The movie also stars Hanna Hall, the girl who played young Jenny from Forrest Gump, and my goodness has she ever grown up. The actor, Adam Scarimbolo, who plays the mentally handicapped son as described in the IMDb synopsis, (I'm not giving anything further away), I recognized from the movie A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. His character in Scalene is unable to speak, yet even with no dialogue his performance is breath-taking.

Back to the issue of this being a low-budget movie. There was nothing cheap or unprofessional about anything in this movie, contrary to what I had expected. I noticed on the IMDb page that Scalene was made with $150,000. I don't know anything about the business of making movies, but I had previously thought that movies cost tens of millions to make. Most seem to. Knowing now that quality has very little to do with the budget I wonder, unless there are lots of expensive special effects, where does the money go for big-budget movies except into people's pockets? I could not recommend this movie more, not only because it shattered every stereotype I had previously held about low-budget, independent films, but because it is a first rate movie with a truly captivating story.

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