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After a martini-induced rampage, a fantasy-prone young woman is placed under house arrest.

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Finn Taylor

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Finn Taylor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Hunt ... D.J.
Robin Tunney ... Zoe
Liz Phair ... Brynn
Lindsay Crouse ... Therapist
Tim Blake Nelson ... Daly
Kelvin Han Yee ... Officer Yee
Jason Priestley ... Andrew
Karena Davis Karena Davis ... Woman in Bar
Scott Breitenstein Scott Breitenstein ... Officer Ruiz
Tim Griffin ... Officer Griffin
Kathleen Stefano Kathleen Stefano ... Head Prison Guard
Stephen Polk ... Joyce
Nora Dunn ... Bell
Ricardo Gil ... Max
Kenny Kwong Kenny Kwong ... Yung
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Storyline

In San Francisco, Zoe is a shy outcast in her working place that adores the love songs she listens to the radio. Zoe goes to a bar with her coworkers and she spends the night talking to a colleague that also like mushy songs. She drinks with him and when she goes to her car to take her cellular to call a taxi, a stalker forces her to drive away. A police officer sees the intruder in her car and asks her to stop the car. However, the guy forces Zoe to run over the policeman that is hit and dies. Zoe has a car accident and the aggressor escapes. Neither the police nor her defense lawyer believes on her words and Zoe is arrested for murdering the policeman. She is confined at home with an ankle bracelet under the surveillance of Daly, a lonely man that falls in love with Zoe. She tries to find a way to leave the spot to chase the criminal and prove her innocence. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She'd get out more if it wasn't a felony.


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziekuje, Zoe See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkeley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,618, 9 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$179,751
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As revealed in the DVD commentary, there was originally a scene that would have had her character masturbating out of boredom, 'but Robin Tunney''s father nixed that idea quickly. See more »

Goofs

When Zoe is talking to Max from her upper-floor apartment building window, Max is in his wheelchair directly below Zoe's window. Most of the time Zoe is talking to Max, she is looking straight ahead, instead of down were Max is. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zoe: Oh hi, sorry about the headphones. The music helps me work, stay connected, focused.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits roll, we see "For Gary." See more »

Connections

References Play Misty for Me (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Private Eyes
Written by Daryl Hall, Sara Allen, Janna Allen (as Joana Allen) and Warren Pash (as Warren Posh)
Performed by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Used by permission of Unichappell Music Inc. obo itself and Hot-Cha Music Co. (BMI)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label under license from BMG Special Products
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May not work on all levels, but it sure is fun
6 June 2002 | by otis von zipperSee all my reviews

Robin Tunney plays Zoe, a woman who finds herself trapped in her own home through the home arrest program after being falsely accused as a cop-killer. Tim Blake Nelson plays the home arrest worker who often visits to check on the equipment. The new film by Finn Taylor works like a romantic comedy, but also contains elements of a thriller. Cherish could easily have become buried in pretense or a messy mixture of genres, but it succeeds though, primarily by focusing on the complex character created by Tunney.

Most of the film takes place inside the loft apartment Zoe has been confined to. Gradually, she finds ways to expand her circle of territory, which mirrors her personal growth. The irony is that when she was free Zoe never connected with anyone, but when under arrest she is able to reach out and develop friendships. Tunney does a great job of playing an intelligent, but obviously flawed character. Tim Blake Nelson has a much smaller role, but he does a lot with it. When he becomes obsessed with Zoe he shows it in small ways, staring at a photo, buying her a radio. It's the kind of behavior I think we've all experienced when someone captures our attention. Other cast members that pop up in small but memorable roles include Jason Priestley (rather unrecognizable as a smarmy co-worker), Liz Phair, Nora Dunn and Brad Hunt as a stalker. But special mention should be made of Ricardo Gil, an amateur actor (he regularly works as a photographer) who plays Zoe's neighbor, a gay Jewish short person. Seems a bit extreme when writing it, but the nice thing is that Gil plays the part well never delving into pathos or caricature. The soundtrack is fun with several cheesy pop songs from the 70's and 80's, which often are played for comedic effect like when our stalker dances around to Hall and Oates's `Private Eyes'. What Taylor is aiming for though, is showing us people who want to use pop songs as a means of expression. It's a great twist to the usual method of just inserting an appropriate tune.


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