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Sum of Existence (2005)

Liz is the victim of a vicious assault but is hypnotized to forget it ever happenned. However the attacker will go to any lengths to make sure she never forgets him.


Jon Cohen


Jon Cohen




Credited cast:
Brooke Anderson ... Liz Murphy
Simone Kessell ... Dr. Juliet King
Josh Picker Josh Picker ... Alex Miller
Angela Carmichael Angela Carmichael ... Michelle York
Oriana Panozzo Oriana Panozzo ... Karen Murphy
Malcolm Frawley Malcolm Frawley ... Mack Murphy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hayley Barr Hayley Barr ... Sarah Fisher
Wayne Bassett ... Nurse Robin
Kim Blumenthal Kim Blumenthal ... Frances Wilson
Clare Blumer Clare Blumer ... Nurse Sophie
Tony Chu Tony Chu ... Dr. Chan
Chris Galletti Chris Galletti ... Bob Wendel
Claire Gandy Claire Gandy ... Newsreader
Natalie Hankinson Natalie Hankinson ... Ruth
Darren K. Hawkins Darren K. Hawkins ... Joey Walker


LIZ MURPHY is a normal teenager. Goes to school, has friends, has enemies. Has parents, MACK and KAREN. While she may not come from a wealthy family, they struggle through, and do care for each other. But Liz also has the unwanted attention of a stalker, ALEX MILLER, an orderly at the hospital who's wife has just left him. Against the backdrop of her unemployed father's struggles with her mother's newly ended affair, Liz is attacked and raped, and left to die. Rescued and brought to hospital, she is unable to deal with the assault, and tries to kill herself. Seeing no other solution, the parents enlist the help of Dr. JULIET KING, young and ambitious psychiatrist, who uses a new therapy to cure Liz. It is not revealed as to what the therapy is... Two months later, and Liz seems fine, believing that she was in a coma for two months in hospital, and that the scars on her wrists are the attacker's attempts to kill her. But all around her, the people who knew about the rape are still ... Written by J. D. Cohen

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Remember to forget


Thriller | Crime | Drama



Official Sites:

Coherent Productions





Release Date:

October 2005 (USA) See more »


Box Office


AUD 100,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Referenced in The 7th Hunt (2009) See more »

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Another Point of View
2 September 2004 | by wynter_auditionsSee all my reviews

I would like to add some balance to th previous "review" in whom was a little on the harsh side.

SUM OF EXISTENCE was shot on digital beta (I bothered to ask what it was shot on) so having some limited knowledge of the film making process and how something that was shot as a "telemovie" would translate onto the big screen, I understood the look the film had when it was translated to the "big screen".

JD COHEN (writer, director and producer) has produced a worth while film for his maiden voyage into the film industry. While it was shot on an almost "shoe string budget", he and his team did a fine job for their first feature film. I certainly believe it was better than most directorial debuts I have seen over the years.

As for the person picking the "plot holes" in the script, well hey, welcome to the world of film making. I would certainly like to see some films of his or hers that DO NOT have plot holes (when thinking of plot holes, let us not forget a certain big budget sci-fi in which the world was saved when we uploaded a computer virus in an ALIEN computer .... and we think that windows and mac have compatibility problems ... HA!).

SUM OF EXISTENCE was well acted and well directed in my humble opinion (especially when the very small if not non-existent budget is taken into account!). This opinion I "qualify" as an indie film maker myself.

Above all things, the most important aspect to consider is that JD COHEN and the team have GOT OUT THERE AND DONE THE THING !!! Many plan to shoot something, won't try for funding and winge and moan about the state of our film industry in this country (which admittedly isn't all that good!!!), then they will have a dig at someone and their team that HAS GONE OUT THERE and MADE THE FILM.

Kudos to JD COHEN, TIM MADDOCKS and the rest of the team.


Lets see more people willing to take a chance and get out there.

PS. I have been in contact with both JD and Tim since the screening, both are in planning and negotiations for their next respective films ... with substantial budgets .... so there's another reason for us all to get off our butts and make our films ... after all you never know where that project will take you

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