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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
... Faith
... Phoebe
... Wolf
... Gail
... Phoebe, Age 10-12
... Gene
... Claire
... Eric
Philipp Weissert ... Safehouse Leader
Nikola Obermann ... Hannah
... American Statesman
... Nikki


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

23 February 2001 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Le cirque invisible  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,388, 4 February 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,388, 4 February 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jordana Brewster is 6 years older than Camilla Belle whom plays 12 year old Phoebe. See more »


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 »


Features The Rockford Files (1974) See more »


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Where Did They Lose Me? Let Me Count The Ways!
31 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

What a shame. What a terrible shame. The table was set, the candles were lit, the guests had arrived... and then...

... well nothing really. Just pretentious drivel. It could have been great, OK maybe not great, but it could have been very good. All the elements were there but at the end of the day the bottle was empty: NO LIGHTNING! How that happened is a mystery with everything at the director's disposal...

... the story was quite brave although it certainly needed considerable work with possibly several finishing rewrites to fix the story and tighten up the characters a lot (the only thing that was consistently and constantly and unnecessarily tight was the cinematography, but i'll get to that). But the direction was lousy, the acting was just that: _a-C-T-i-n-G_ with a heavy side of cheese and lots of ham, and then the cinematography...

...well that was something to behold! But only if you are in film school's "Cinematography 101 how to never ever use a professional movie camera under any circumstances". Obviously the student had fallen asleep through part of the lecture's introduction and only heard "... use a professional movie camera..." then blissfully back to la la land as the sentence finished off.

What can i say; amateurish and pretentious to the last! I can only see this film meant to appeal as a Chick Flick because it's supposed to be sad, but then falls flat and just ends up being 'sad' (as an excuse for a movie)... so that even those 'Chicks' wouldn't be fooled by this schlockenspiel!

PS. I felt bad for Miss Diaz. She's a lot better at her craft than what this film allowed her to be, even though she was totally TOTALLY miscast. Actually i feel sorry for everyone in this movie except the director and (you guessed it) the cinematographer! I say '1st against the wall for them when the revolution comes!' OK, not really, after all "it was only a movie" but perhaps a good "tar and feather and running out of town" might be more satisfying or at the very least a lot more entertaining!!!

TTFN :-(

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