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The Arsonist (2004)

Following the death of her son by arson, a woman believing to be framed, goes on the run to prove her innocence.


Myles Sorensen


Myles Sorensen
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Credited cast:
John Emmet Tracy ... Vincent
Alla Korot ... Janine
R.A. Buck R.A. Buck ... John
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Giebenhain ... George
Trista Michelle LaPrade Trista Michelle LaPrade ... Diana
David Youse ... Sean


Following the death of her son by arson, a woman believing to be framed, goes on the run to prove her innocence.

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You can't feel heat in dreams.


Drama | Short | Mystery



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Release Date:

11 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital


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Gutsy and stylish
2 December 2005 | by busleidenSee all my reviews

I think that The Arsonist is a gutsy film because it challenges the audience to see deeper into the human condition. It is stylish because of the use of music and image sequences to portray a person disintegrating into amorality. It shows Vincent changing from an alienated professor to a personally engaged but dangerous and amoral psychologist. The actors are superb and the photography is brilliant and creative. My favorite shot is at the beginning in the classroom when Vincent opens the shade and the light on Diana's face changes to a glaring brightness. The definitive moment in the film is when the camera closes in on John's face when he ignores John's problem and instead tells him of some personal theory he's working on about auto-eroticism. It is this moment which finalizes Vincent's view that he is alienated from the world. I wonder - how could he be redeemed? He can't do it himself. He needs to somehow reconnect with Diana and learn for himself that his feelings have changed. Well, of course, he gives Janine matches, so there will be a fire and Diana could save him, maybe.

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