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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)
Roberto Faenza
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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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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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I'm a sucker for movies that start with a character about to jump off a rooftop, 28 December 2013
Author: rooprect from New York City

If you're like me, the phrase "coming of age story" is about as exciting as the phrase "nature documentary about corn". That said, this coming of age story ranks among the best I've seen and kept me interested from start to finish.

At its heart is the familiar story of a teenage loner who's much too wise for his own good, living in NYC and simultaneously battling a dysfunctional family and the malaise of life. The book "Catcher in the Rye" comes to mind as do the films "The Squid and the Whale", "Igby Goes Down" and "City Island" (yeah for someone who doesn't like coming of age stories, I sure manage to see a lot of them). All follow the same basic structure: we observe a few days in the life of a troubled teen, seeing different vignettes that are not necessarily related to each other but give us insight into the character's isolation from family & society.

What sets this apart from the others is the masterfully suspenseful way it's told. That is, even though there is no traditional plot line, the film leads us on with anticipation of events to come. How is this done? Well, for one it starts with a scene of the boy standing on a rooftop ledge preparing to jump to his death. How's that for a hook? It keeps us guessing throughout with references to "what happened in DC" - an episode which is not explained until near the end of the film. Dramatic lighting & cinematography also augment the tension in a subtle way. In this way, the film presents a gnawing mystery which should keep you interested despite the lack of traditional action.

Two other things kept my interest going, the first is the playful sense of humor (seeing the absurdity of peoples' actions contrasted with the calm exasperation of the main character--sorta like you'd find in an 80s John Cusack comedy). The second is the acting of the main character himself. The 17-year-old hero James (played by actor Toby Regbo) is a very colorful character. Though his emotions are muted and his interactions with other characters are equally suppressed, we still manage to get close to him somehow. Perhaps it's because of his expressive face even when he's not expressing emotions. Maybe it's just his body language. Or maybe it's the way he connects with his little dog. For whatever reason, I felt instantly connected with him even though my own life has nothing in common with his.

Great supporting performances by every other character, most of whom play comedic oddballs or such extreme caricatures that you can't help but laugh at their every expression. The father (Peter Gallagher) had me laughing, and Aubrey Plaza (though a very small role) had me in stitches with her signature weirdness.

If you like slightly satirical films about real life, and if you don't require car chases, shootouts and sex scenes, then this is a good one. I would also add if you like films set in NYC this has some great scenery and nostalgic locations. Even if you aren't thrilled at coming of age stories, this one is worth your time, as are the others I've mentioned. "Someday This Pain" bears a slight resemblance to my favorite coming of age flick "Archie's Final Project" about a troubled teen who wants to film his suicide for a high school film class.

Now if someone could just make a nature documentary on corn so interesting, my life will be complete.

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