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David O. Russell
Raymond L. Brown Jr.,
The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.Written by
David Auburn's play "Proof" premiered at the Manhattan Theater Club, in New York City, in May 2000. On October 24, 2000, it moved to the Walter Kerr Theater, where it ran for nine hundred seventeen performances. "Proof" won the 2001 Tony Award for the Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama the same year. See more »
Near the end when Catherine says she'd rather go to sleep than talk through her father's proof, his mouth keeps moving after he stops yelling. See more »
[stirring her out of a dream]
Oh, Jesus! Oh, you scared me.
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Gwyneth Paltrow gives a haunting portrayal of a daughter whose devotion to a mentally challenged father draws out her own mental edges. As care-giver for an elderly parent I am well aware of our fragile mental world and Paltrow's performance shines with nothing but truth. Her honesty and the emotional territory she portrayals are "proof" of her integrity as an actress. The film is impressively directed -- the script is paced compellingly and draws the viewer into a life situation that most of us simply refuse to acknowledge and try to avoid. Once the "great mind" of our genius is "gone" -- who are we? Hope Davis as Paltrow's sister does a great job of showing how striving for her "normalacy" is the ultimate lunacy. Great ensemble playing by all. I highly recommend this film.
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