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Tumbledown (2015)

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A young woman struggles to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer, when a brash New York writer forces her to confront her loss and the ambiguous circumstances of his death.



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Credited cast:
Andrew McDonnell
Girl Fan
College Student
Ethan Woodcock
Bookstore Employee


Hannah (Hall) is beginning to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of her latest biography, when she meets Andrew (Sudeikis), a brash writer from New York, who has a different take on her husband's life - and death. The unlikely pair must collaborate to put together the famous singer's story and begin to write the next chapter of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Rated R for a sex scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Rose Byrne was cast in the lead role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Rebecca Hall replaced her. See more »


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Inspired and entertaining study on the inevitable selfishness of grief
3 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Understated, honest and soulfully choreographed. The cast is engaging, authentic and surprisingly interesting even in the most ordinary situations, of which there are few. Grief may be the premise of this film, but the result is a calm escape into a world you'll be happy to spend some time in.

After reading about the film, I did expect an Indie movie with the usual predictable story lines and romantic frou frou, and there is no shortage of that, but there is another layer of depth - often in the silence between the words - that caught me off guard. Each somber moment and shared memory invites you to indulge the inherent sadness of loss, but also carries the redolence of hope. The intimate warmth of the soundtrack, like the weightless smoke of a dying candle in a quiet room, lingers long after the end credits are over. Some of the songs really are beautiful enough to warrant this type of language, trust me. So do the memories of other musicians who left behind their timeless creations along with the shock and mystery of a lifetime cut short. Martyn Bennett and Jeff Buckley, however different the circumstances of their departure, come to mind.

Whenever an Indie movie finds the perfect balance between lighthearted, mainstream entertainment and the relatability of a smaller story and budget, it proofs that a solid Indie production, much more than a studio funded film, can transcend the restrictions of a genre and touch the audience beyond 90 minutes of entertainment.

I couldn't think of a single studio produced movie in recent months that achieved 'Tumbledown's subtlety and depth with the same simplicity and grace. To proof my point, this movie would work even without the romance and succeed as a relevant reflection on grief and the responsibility of moving on.

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