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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You -- A vulnerable teenager with a deep perception of the world and no idea how to live in it.
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Peter Cameron (based on the novel by)
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Directed by
Roberto Faenza 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Cameron  based on the novel by
Roberto Faenza 
Dahlia Heyman 

Produced by
Allen Bain .... co-producer
Simona Bellettini .... executive producer: Jean Vigo Italia
Megin T. Boyles .... associate producer
Milena Canonero .... producer
Brittany Dankner .... assistant producer
Elda Ferri .... producer
Sean Garrett Fogel .... line producer
Rose Ganguzza .... executive producer
Dahlia Heyman .... executive producer
Avy Kaufman .... executive producer
Heidi Keller .... assistant producer
David Morris Kelly .... production executive
Christian Plume .... assistant producer
Jackie Schwartz .... assistant producer
Jesse Scolaro .... co-producer
Ron Stein .... producer
Adriano Wajskol .... associate producer
Jessica Weinerman .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Andrea Guerra 
Cinematography by
Maurizio Calvesi 
Film Editing by
Massimo Fiocchi 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Tommaso Ortino 
Set Decoration by
Robert Covelman 
Costume Design by
Donna Zakowska 
Makeup Department
Kat Drazen .... key hair stylist (as Katherine Difulvio)
Paula Kelly .... additional make up artist
Christopher Milone .... makeup artist
Cassandra Saulter .... key makeup artist
Cassandra Saulter .... makeup department head
Production Management
Stefano Spadoni .... production manager: preparation only
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jessica Hong .... second second assistant director
Scott Lazar .... first assistant director
Barbara Maia .... second assistant director
Niccolò Vitelli .... third assistant director
Art Department
Kenney Broadway .... art department production assistant
Michael Cory .... property master
Nicole Eckenroad .... production design assistant
Isaac Gabaeff .... set dresser
Chanel Jones .... assistant property master
Laura Lerner .... charge scenic
Michael B. Lewis .... set decoration production assistant
Douglas Poland .... art department coordinator
Bob Provenzano .... leadman
Amy Williams .... art planner
Sound Department
Marco Coppolecchia .... sound re-recording mixer
Marzia Cordò .... sound editor
Stefano Grosso .... sound effects editor
Srdjan Kurpjel .... adr recordist
David Pastecchi .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Massimiliano Battista .... digital compositor: Technicolor Rome
Adriano Di Ricco .... digital compositor
Stefano Pajetta .... visual effects artist
Fabrizio Storaro .... visual effects supervisor
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tristan Allen .... additional rigging grip
Todd Armitage .... camera operator
Rashad Clinton .... a dolly grip
George Elias .... a dolly grip
Brant S. Fagan .... Steadicam operator
Keith Gordon .... key grip
Craig Paul Harris .... electrician
Nick Hopkins .... best boy grip
William T. Iversen .... grip: Washington, DC
Aaron Jacobs .... grip
Mark Killian .... additional second assistant camera
Mike Kurec .... electrician
Jamie A. Marlowe .... first assistant camera
Michael C. Maronna .... generator operator
Sebastien Nicolet .... additional electrician
Robin Pontbriand .... video assist
Stuart Rogers .... shooting grip
Chris Seehase .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Kyle Simmons .... electrician
Carissa Spatcher .... grip
Jason Velez .... gaffer
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Casting Department
Richard Burridge .... background casting associate
Charles L. Gariepy .... casting assistant
Sabrina Hyman .... casting associate
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
Zachary Luke Kislevitz .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer S. Frankel .... set costumer
Erika Lilienthal .... assistant costume designer
Roweena Mackay .... wardrobe assistant
Moira Shaughnessy .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Victoria Anderson .... red transcoder
Emily Greene .... first assistant editor
George Robert Morse .... digital image technician
Richie Roefaro .... RED dailies specialist
Music Department
Antongiulio Frulio .... orchestrator
Goffredo Gibellini .... score mix engineer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra contractor
Transportation Department
Gabe Turiello .... driver: camera car and process trailer
Other crew
Maï Arakida Izsak .... production office intern (as Mai Izsak-Niimura)
Michele Baker .... location manager
Simona Bellettini .... production legal services
William Berloni .... animal trainer
Nathan Buffaloe .... production assistant
Meredith Crowley .... location scout
Aaron Edwards .... Assistant to Ms. Heyman
Alyssa Faden .... office production assistant
Erin Feeley .... script supervisor
Michael Fila .... production assistant: walkie
Cory Fliehs .... intern
Scott Friedman .... paperwork production assistant
Matteo Gentiloni .... production assistant
Matteo Gentiloni .... set runner
Conor Griff .... key production assistant
Andrew Haynes .... additional office production assistant
Benjamin Kanes .... stand in: Toby Regbo
Richard Keeshan .... production coordinator
Alessio Lazzareschi .... production legal services
Carolyn Eileen Lynch .... assistant production coordinator
Tom Maloney .... p.a.
Michael Matlak .... unit production assistant
Alexis N. Mueller .... legal counsel: Mavronicolas Mueller & Dee LLP
Diego Daniel Pardo .... dialect coach
Jean Pesce .... assistant location manager
Alexander Phillips .... location assistant
Giulio Poidomani .... assistant to production
LeVar Powell .... production assistant
Minico Roberts .... first assistant accountant
Maia Rose .... on set dresser
Sarah Rubenstein .... production accountant
William Sepulveda .... key craft service
Tom Sexton .... location scout
Jennifer Sonnenfeld .... assistant location manager
Greg Starr .... production intern
Eva Vedock .... key craft service
Jennifer Williamson .... production assistant
Natalia Yandyganova .... intern

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"Love is Requited" (ritten by Andrea Guerra (music) and Michele Von Buren, performed by Elisa Toffoli) won the "Nastro D'Argento 2012" for the Best Original Song written for a film.See more »
[first lines]
James Sveck:I wish the whole day was like breakfast, when people are still connected to their dreams, focused inward and... and not yet ready to engage with the world. If it was always breakfast, I would be fine.
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Holden Caulfield for the 21st century, 14 October 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

James Cameron's story SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU is coming of age tale that is, at turns, funny, sad, tender, and sophisticated. As adapted for the screen by director Roberto Faenza with Cameron and Dahlia Heyman this becomes an experimental film that will delight many and confuse some. The cast is excellent and once the audience moves into the rhythm of the narrated story it is difficult not to re-live youth and pull for the lad whose story this is.

James Sveck (Toby Regbo) is a lonely young teenager who is tortured by his grossly unstable home environment and is fraught with hating people, suicidal thoughts, depression, and the preference for solitude. It is the summer before he goes off to college at Brown University and he is conflicted: his vain Lothario father (Peter Gallagher) insists that he go to college, his gallery owner mother (Marcia Gay Harden) has just returned form Las Vegas and her third failed marriage - this time to a compulsive gambler (Stephen Lang); his sister Gillian (Deborah Ann Woll) is writing her memoir and falling for an older married Polish professor; and James is working with his mother's gallery director (O'Ryan Graves), trying to make since of art, people, relationships and the chaos of the world that confuses him - the last thing he wants is to enter the college world. His mother lines him up with a Life Coach (Lucy Liu) and slowly James begins to come to grips with a past bad memory and to learn to accept who he is as someone worth living. James only loving connection to the world is his grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and from her he learns a lot about the vagaries of life and how to cope. The story is told in the first person narration which helps give an intimate inside view of James as he works through his life at the therapy sessions which his parents insist he attend and it is in this manner that we learn about James's past and present through the stories he tells and his recounting of previous therapy sessions and the ambivalences and uncertainties of adolescence.

The film manages to balance teenage angst and relationship failures with an equal amount of drama and comedy. This is one of those films that linger in memory long after the final credits.

Grady Harp

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