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The Invisible Circus (2001)

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A teenage girl travels to Paris in the 1970s trying to find out about her sister's suicide, and falls in love with her dead sister's boyfriend.

Director:

Adam Brooks

Writers:

Jennifer Egan (novel), Adam Brooks (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cameron Diaz ... Faith
Jordana Brewster ... Phoebe
Christopher Eccleston ... Wolf
Blythe Danner ... Gail
Camilla Belle ... Phoebe, Age 10-12
Patrick Bergin ... Gene
Isabelle Pasco ... Claire
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Eric
Philipp Weissert Philipp Weissert ... Safehouse Leader
Nikola Obermann Nikola Obermann ... Hannah
Robert Getter ... American Statesman
Ricky Koole ... Nikki
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Storyline

In 1975, at age 18, Phoebe is unhappy. When she was about 10, her father died of leukemia; her older sister Faith became a political radical, left for Europe with her boyfriend Wolf, and commits suicide in Portugal a year later. Phoebe, who has romantic ideas about both her father and Faith, decides to trace Faith's steps, find Wolf, and learn what really happened. She finds Wolf in Paris, and he tells her stories of Faith's radical activities, including joining the Red Army in Berlin. Phoebe has visions of her sister, seems close to madness, and may be headed for suicide herself. It's the trip to the cliffs of Portugal that will make the difference: breakthrough or breakdown? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A story of friendship, freedom and fate that could only happen in the Sixties See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Le cirque invisible See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,388, 4 February 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,388, 4 February 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jordana Brewster's 1st nude scene. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, Phoebe and her mother, Gail, are watching TV which is showing the opening credits to the show "The Rockford Files." The sound coming out of the TV is not the opening theme for "The Rockford Files." See more »

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Cloud 9
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Performed by Lee 'Scratch' Perry (as Lee 'Scratch' Perry)
Courtesy of Studio One
By Arrangement with Heartbeat Records & Ocean Park Music Group
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The invisible circus: The visible flaws
18 November 2007 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Just watched this film last night. With a cast like Danner, Ecceleston and Diaz I'd expected something better. It is mainly the direction and lack of story development that stand out like a bruise. There are wonderful location shots of both America and Europe but what use is all this if the film itself is weak? With the story idea it could have been much more engaging. The whole love angle between Brewster and Ecceleston's character was irrelevant. The two actors hardly have any chemistry. The scene where Brewster hallucinates her sister behind the door just create unnecessary deviation. Alright, her character sniffed some coke but how did that fit in with the rest?

Talking of performances, Cameron Diaz stands out. One wonders why she doesn't concentrate more on such roles rather than starring in non-funny toilet-humoured comedies. The actress proves that she can take on a serious role and is wonderful. Her scenes are worth watching and she's the only character we can sympathize with. Ecceleston, though a very good actor, his role seems to lack something. However, he and Diaz do share a good chemistry. Brewster isn't convincing at all. Blythe Danner does well in a small role. So what do we get from this film? Nice shots of Portugal, Holland, France etc, a great performance by Diaz and...that's it.


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