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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:

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jordana Brewster is 6 years older than Camilla Belle whom plays 12 year old Phoebe. 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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Featured in Return to Edge City (2005) See more »

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Tighten Up Skank
Written by Bullocks & Lee 'Scratch' Perry (as Perry)
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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when the book is better....
21 June 2001 | by vreelandeSee all my reviews

Those disappointed in the film "The Invisible Circus" would make a better investment by purchasing the novel by Jennifer Egan. Written from the perspective of eighteen-year-old Pheobe, the novel is an enchanting coming-of-age story with the added intrigue of her lost "hippie" sister.

Most of the narrative focuses on Pheobe's inner thoughts; which no doubt made translating it to the screen a difficult task. Debates on whether it is a "chick flick" are warranted; both the film and the novel center heavily on the female viewpoint.

In response to the first posted review, the paintings by Pheobe's father, Gene, are *supposed* to be awful. Part of the narrative focuses on Pheobe's realization that her father was not a sainted, thwarted artist, but an ordinary man.


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