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Light and the Sufferer (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 9 September 2008 (USA)
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Realism and fantasy collide in Jonathan Lethem's genre-bending coming-of-age story, which follows two estranged brothers as they try to leave New York City for a new life in California only... See full summary »

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Jonathan Lethem (short story), Christopher Peditto (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Paul Dano ... Don (AKA: Light)
Michael Esper ... Paul
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony M. Bertram ... Drug Dealer
Seamus Boyle ... Young Paul
Eugene Byrd ... Kaz
Paul D'Amato ... Jimmy
Paz de la Huerta ... Annette
Omar Evans Omar Evans ... Drey
Stephen Kunken ... Douglas
Darrell Larson ... Speaker
Angelica Page ... Marilla (as Angelica Torn)
Desmond Richardson ... Ronaldo
Ryan Skeleton Boy Ryan Skeleton Boy ... Punk Rocker
Robert Tuftee Robert Tuftee ... Doorman
Will W Warren ... Cabby
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Realism and fantasy collide in Jonathan Lethem's genre-bending coming-of-age story, which follows two estranged brothers as they try to leave New York City for a new life in California only to find their plans--and lives--being forever changed by the appearance of a mysterious alien. We follow Paul--fresh from dropping out of college and living unhappily at home with his parents--as he arrives in New York City's Washington Square Park in search of his younger brother Don, who was kicked out of their parents' home a year earlier with neither Paul or their parents hearing from him since. Realizing their lives are at a dead end and looking to forge a new future together, Paul suggests that the two hop a plane for California and "leave all the bullshit behind." After a robbery intended to raise money for their trip goes awry, the brothers find themselves being pursued not only by the drug dealers they ripped off, but by a sufferer: one of the sphinx-like creatures that roam the city, ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Paul: My brother showed me the gun. I'd never seen one up close before. He kept it in a backpack under his bed at the Y. \
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The Light and sufferer is worth a rent
29 August 2009 | by clogan-1See all my reviews

The Light and sufferer.

This is a weird low budget drama that add a little Sci Fi on to a fairly common story in our world. I watched it because I wanted to see what else Paul Dana has done. I liked him in "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Gigantic". I think Paul is destined for the big time. I wasn't disappointed by the acting. As for the obviously Low budget CGI it worked because it is odd. I think Paul is destined for the big time.

The film moves at a reasonable pace as the characters move toward the inevitable climax. The use of the CGI Cat as a silent witness is an interesting touch and leaves the question of what we experience in the viewers head.

The Light and sufferer is worth a rent and an hour and 10 minutes to see. I would have liked to see some more of the suffers story told or rather spelled out but I guess that is part of what was supposed to be left up to the viewer.


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