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Nightingale in a Music Box (2002)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 8 October 2002 (USA)
Two women confront the unleashing of a terrifying new technology... inside one of their own minds.




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Credited cast:
... Burke
Andrzej Krukowski ... Sowa
... Robin
Pamela Webster ... Wilson
Taylor Grove ... Florence
Jillian Dirks ... Charlotte
Trish Niemeck ... Hoover
Jane Blass ... Genevieve
Deron Brooks Grams ... Ridley (as Deron Grams)
Serena Moy ... Chinese Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed O'Rourke ... Killer


Imagine a technology which has the potential to change what it means to be human. New Garden Technologies has just patented a new life form, microbes made to be inserted in the brain to control memory. The nations of the world want this technology controlled; so when New Garden apprehends someone trying to steal these genetic blue prints, the UN is quick to send Burke, a legendary female operative who has been debriefing tainted spies since the Cold War. But Robin McAlister is not your typical thief; she is a Chicago real estate agent and mother of two. So how could she possibly be involved in this crime? Unfortunately, this question may take some time to answer, because Robin claims not to even remember who she is. Burke must pick her way through Robin's mind, figuring out what is real and what has been manufactured. Burke realizes that stakes are high: How easily can our minds be taken away from us? How quickly can our identity be changed? Do we even have a self to lose? Agent Burke... Written by Anonymous

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Saw it in London and loved it
9 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was visiting London planning to see things like Buckingham Palace and the big shows when I saw a poster advertising the Sci Fi London Film Festival. I noticed this film was showing. A friend in Chicago had told me I had to see it if I got a chance, and since I didn't think I'd have much chance in Pittsburgh, I decided to go.

I'm very glad I did. NIGHTINGALE is a very suspenseful and thought provoking thriller made from the simplest means possible. It features great performances from two actresses, Kelly Hazen and Catherine O'Connor. I mention them, because I've never heard of them before, but they deserve recognition. I hope to see them again. (I also liked the third actor, a Polish actor named Andrzej Krukowski, but it was clear in the Q & A after the showing that not everyone did. )

To be honest, I was kind of surprised a guy could write this film. The female characters were so smart and strong without ever being shrill or pushy. They never thought about romance. They didn't look to men to save or help them at any point. It was clear one of the agents didn't like having a woman giving him orders, but it never became an issue; and she either didn't notice it or didn't care.

After the screening I introduced myself to the director, and he said if I liked NIGHTINGALE, I should also see another film at the Fest, PRIMER by Shane Carruth, which I did. I liked it a lot too. So I ended up spending a good deal of my time in London watching American Sci-Fi Films, although I'm not sure I'd classify NIGHTINGALE as science fiction. PRIMER turns out to have distribution, and I'm sure it's going to be on DVD; but I'm particularly glad I saw NIGHTINGALE IN A MUSIC BOX, because I don't know that I'll ever have another chance to see it. I really hope it doesn't just disappear off the face of the earth. If you get a chance to see it, I'd jump at it.

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