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Some Body (2001)

Twenty-something Samantha searches for excitement and an elusive happiness, but finds sex and dissatisfaction instead.

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Henry Barrial
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Stephanie Bennett ... Samantha
Jeramy Guillory Jeramy Guillory ... Anthony
Billy Ray Gallion ... Billy
Tom Vitorino Tom Vitorino ... Tony T.
Laura Katz ... Eve
Sean Michael Allen Sean Michael Allen ... Bobby
Marnie Shelton Marnie Shelton ... Leann
Matt Casado Matt Casado ... Matt
Richie Magallanes Richie Magallanes ... Richie
Niklaus Lange Niklaus Lange ... Nickie
Ringo Hayden Ringo Hayden ... Ringo
Liam Lockhart Liam Lockhart ... Billy's Friend
Lyndon Johnson Lyndon Johnson ... Leann's Date
Faleena Hopkins ... Bobby's New Girl
Jay Webster Jay Webster ... Bartender
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Samantha is a schoolteacher lost in the netherworld of her late 20's - no longer young but not yet middle aged. She leaves her long-time boyfriend, who she's been living with in a "brother and sister" relationship for quite some time. Wanting change and searching for an elusive happiness, Samantha strikes out on her own. But she quickly finds the regeneration she seeks can be far from romantic. From the classrooms filled with smiling children, to the crowded bars of Los Angeles, Samantha goes looking for life; its fun, its love, its passion, and its meaning. This is a film about what she found. Written by Lot 47 Films

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some love some lies some sex

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Best film in the Dramatic Competition Sundance 2001
21 February 2001 | by treyalsupSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic film that was inexplicably overlooked by the judges at Sundance.

Some Body is a documentary style drama about a young elementary school teacher in Los Angeles who is on the front lines of the modern dating and sex wars. She may, in fact, be a casualty.

Shot on a couple of DV cams, SOME BODY breaks though numerous tired conventions of dramatic film-making. The performances are shockingly honest and realistic- Using a combination of scripted and improvised material, the actors are able to deliver performances that are so convincing that you often feel as if you are watching a documentary.

This film captures the essence of many modern relationships with shocking accuracy. Numerous times during the film, I winced from recognition of events from my own life- Awful things I have said to women and instantly regretted, things that have been said during a relationship that I am still p***ed about. This movie is right on target without ever engaging cliche.

It is the true successor to Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

Special praise goes to Stephanie Bennet- her performance is honest and courageous- but the acting in this film goes beyond these superlatives. The acting in this film frankly exposes the artifice of what modern film acting has become. I was convinced that Stephanie would receive the special Jury award the festival gives out annually- it went to Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkenson in "In the Bedroom"- which, I admit, I did not see.

I did see "The Believer" and I can say without reservation that Some Body is a far superior and important film.

My only gripe is the film's title- "Some Body" may have significant meaning to people who have seen the film, but none whatsoever to those who are considering seeing it. [crass marketing suggestion for a new title- "Slut" or "Easy" - ya gotta get sex into the title, guys]


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Official Sites:

Lot 47 Films | Rhythm Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,042, 28 April 2002

Gross USA:

$2,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,042
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