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Lonesome Jim (2005)

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Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.

Director:

Steve Buscemi

Writer:

Jim Strouse (as James C. Strouse)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Casey Affleck ... Jim
Kevin Corrigan ... Tim
Mary Kay Place ... Sally
Seymour Cassel ... Don
Rachel Strouse Rachel Strouse ... Rachel
Sarah Strouse Sarah Strouse ... Sarah
Rick Duplissie Rick Duplissie ... Bar Patron
Liv Tyler ... Anika
Mark Boone Junior ... Evil
Jake La Botz Jake La Botz ... Phillip
Jack Rovello ... Ben
Don Strouse Don Strouse ... Neighbor
Doug Liechty Caskey Doug Liechty Caskey ... Doug the preacher
Pam Angell Pam Angell ... Stacy - Prostitute
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Storyline

Jim is a young man who, after deciding he can't make it on his own, moves back to his hometown in Indiana -- under his parents' roof. He's saved from his family's dysfunction by a local woman and her son, who sees him as a father figure. Written by Anonymous

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Change your outlook. Change your life.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MK2 [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a Jim See more »

Filming Locations:

Cromwell, Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,798, 26 March 2006

Gross USA:

$154,187

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,378
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The shoot took 16 days. See more »

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Quotes

Jim: What's your problem Anika?
Anika: Nothing JIm.
Anika: Just, you can't ask a girl to move one thousand and eighty-two miles with you unless you're really going to follow through.
Jim: Why wouldn't I follow through?
Anika: Because, you don't know what it would be like.
Jim: What would it be like?
Anika: Difficult. Very Difficult.
Jim: Well, great. I'm used to challenges.
Anika: You're used to avoiding them.
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Joe and Don are mentioned twice in the thanks section. See more »

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References Henry Fool (1997) See more »

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Lonesome train whistle sounding in rural rustbelt
26 September 2006 | by correcaminoSee all my reviews

You can object to the choice to make this film about a so-called depressive. You can object that Jim doesn't just snap out of it. But of all the things you can say about Lonesome Jim, you can't say it is badly made.

This film is like a meditation: it totally clears the mind of everything else and allows you to focus on what is there in front of you.

The grainy film did not strike me as low quality or cheap. It made the film like watching home movies; there is nothing glamorous about this scene. It was totally in keeping with the theme of muted emotion. The graininess sometimes slows things down so much that the characters appear to be talking through the haze of their dull surroundings, and they are the liveliest things about the situation. It almost transforms film into a cartoon drama by the younger sibling.

Is the main character Jim (Casey Affleck) suffering from depression? Well, alright. But that assessment papers over the interesting sources of the emotion stifling: the relationship between son and parents, and how he has subverted his personality with them; and the relationship he has with the rest of his hometown.

The whole thing is so real – we especially digest meaning during Jim's driving scenes, inevitably at twilight when the post industrial fading rural landscape is at its most evocative, stirring feelings of profound longing and sadness.

(There must be a retrospective of Sensitive Boy flicks somewhere. To my recollection, Ordinary People could be the first in the series, but among the others, and I'm sure there are many, many more than I can think of here, are You Can Count on Me, and Imaginary Heroes. I've also heard that Garden State could be slotted in there, but I haven't seen it.)

This is a brilliant film.

So why not give it 10 out of 10? Because we do not know yet if it will stand the test of time. Already Ordinary People does not pack the same punch as did 20 odd years ago. Also, these films have a relatively small theme. So though while intense and delicate in emotional depiction, their reach is rather narrow and might not possess any universal themes. They are particularly US-centric. Which is fine, but it precludes them from greatness.


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