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A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.

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Gus Van Sant
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Casey Affleck ... Gerry
Matt Damon ... Gerry
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Two friends that call each other Gerry decide to hide in the wilderness in order to see something. However, they do not find what they're looking for. They decide to return to the car but they get lost in the desert, without water, supplies or a compass. Now they have to walk, trying to find the road to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The desert can be a silent World.


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This film runs for about 100 minutes, and features exactly 100 shots, resulting in an average shot length of about 60 seconds. See more »

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At the end of the movie when Gerry is lying on his back, his legs change from flat to bent and back again. This obviously could not possibly happen due to his condition. See more »

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[first lines]
Gerry: Hey, Gerry, the path.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Für Alina
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an impressive devastating true story adaptation
18 November 2004 | by d-JCBSee all my reviews

I've seen "My Own Private Idaho", "Finding Forrester" and "Good Will Hunting" by Gus Van Sant which were all fairly impressive but now am very eager to watch the 2003 Palme D'Or winner "Elephant", especially after my initial screening of "Gerry" last night which tops all the Van Sant flicks I've seen to date. This is an engaging effort from Gus, and outstanding career highlight performances for the main actors Casey Affleck and Matt Damon. I can see why people are saying that some shots are "too long" and other comments like "I fell asleep", however I love this style of cinema which reminded me a lot of the spectacular effort from Kitano with "Dolls". Minimal, hypnotic, and great shots throughout. The camera trickery has to be highlighted with varying depth of field shots giving you a deluded sense of fatigue, plus the ongoing buzzing sound which intensifies with the sun throughout the evolving journey, similar to the buzzing lights in Noé's "Irréversible". The main point I want to bring up is the film was very well structured and scripted for the time it covers. It's realistic and well balanced with regular events. However if your comfort zone sits around the 'Hollywood standard' where there's a 5 camera shoot for every scene with 3 second cuts between shots and the suspenseful default score to keep you 'on your seat', then you'll be pleasantly appalled with this 'real' rendition of a devastating true story.

8/10


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Country:

USA | Argentina | Jordan

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (Greece) See more »

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Argentina See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,285, 17 February 2003

Gross USA:

$254,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,683
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2.35 : 1
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