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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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Sound Mix:

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 »

Connections

References Breathless (1960) See more »

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On the Way Home
Written by Nick Laird-Clowes
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Courtesy of Creation Records
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Yikes.
1 October 2001 | by rosegirlSee all my reviews

I wanted to love this film so badly...I really did. But it was a horrible disappointment.

I read Jennifer Egan's novel in 1996 and was enthralled by the story. In fact it remains one of my favorite books of all time. Mind you, the book had much more depth than this movie, in plot and emotional resonance. It MADE you care about the characters. It painted a complete picture of Phoebe, unlike the utterly poor characterization of the young girl in the film.

Though beautiful and showing *some* promise in her burgeoning career, Jordana Brewster was as flat and hollow in this performance as was the script. And Christopher Eccleston (Wolf) was just an awful choice for the role of Wolf, both physically and logistically. What an awkward looking couple. Wolf should have been more of a dark brooding character, and more physically alluring, like he was in the book. What's more, the chemistry between the two actors was painfully forced.

Cameron Diaz, however, deserves utmost praise for her performance. She took an impossibly mediocre script and gave her character life, a real spirit. She is simply gorgeous and her careful mannerisms make her very believable as a hippie. It's too bad her talent was squandered on this forgettable film.

In the book-to-movie category, this is a dreadful translation, almost as bad as Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner. But don't get me started on that one...

I am not usually so harsh in my critiques but I was so disappointed here, because I really cared about the story and wanted to see it told right. It did not deliver...


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