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Sorry, Haters (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 1 March 2006 (USA)
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Against the anxieties and fears of post-9/11 America, an Arab cab driver picks up a troubled professional woman with unexpected results.

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Jeff Stanzler

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Jeff Stanzler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Wright ... Phoebe Torrence (as Robin Wright Penn)
Abdellatif Kechiche ... Ashade Mouhana
Élodie Bouchez ... Eloise
Aasif Mandvi ... Hassan
Sandra Oh ... Phyllis Magintyre
Starla Benford ... Traffic Officer
Remy K. Selma Remy K. Selma ... Imam
Makani Rietveld Makani Rietveld ... Ashade's Nephew
Fred Durst ... Evan Jealous
Rich Monahan Rich Monahan ... European Cab Driver
Annouchka Yameogo-Stanzler Annouchka Yameogo-Stanzler ... Socialite #1
Jennifer McCabe ... Socialite #2
Maya Mikhailov Maya Mikhailov ... Socialite #3
David Bishins ... INS Agent
Victoria Jones Victoria Jones ... Mugging Victim
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With a PhD in Chemistry, devout and bearded, Syria-born Ashade Mouhana (Abdellatif Kechiche) drives a cab in New York, and must accept financial assistance from friends who attend the Islamic Council of America so that he can pay a lawyer to get his Canadian brother, who is being detained as a '2nd tier suspect', released. He also has to look after his toddler nephew and French-speaking Caucasian sister-in-law, Eloise (Elodie Bouchez), and is fearful that his brother may be tortured in Syria. One night he befriends a passenger, who identifies herself as Phyllis (Robin Wright Penn), claims she is Head of Programming of Q-Dog Television, sympathizes and offers to assist him get his brother released. He gets a shock when she asks him to carry out an act of terrorism as retribution against America. He walks away, and subsequently finds out that she has stolen his money. Shortly thereafter, his cab is confiscated by secret agents, and Eloise is held for questioning. Vengeful, he shaves off... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The dust has finally settled... for most of us.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

1 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Post-9/11 Cab Drama See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,207, 5 March 2006

Gross USA:

$7,129

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,129
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Shot in 15 days. See more »

Quotes

Phoebe: Don't get me involved and then expect me to just roll over because some Jew-boy doesn't want to do his job. Ashade, you hate Americans don't you?
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Bull In The Heather
Written by Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Steve Shelley
Performed by Sonic Youth
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Nothing at all to be sorry about
14 August 2006 | by talltale-1See all my reviews

A kind of psychological mystery that tends toward the thriller genre that is a also finely-tuned character study that features a brilliant performance from its leading lady and--most tellingly of all--approaches how we live now and the events of 9/11/01 with an original perspective that makes that day frightening again in a whole new manner (and that's a mere portion of what you'll get), SORRY, HATERS is so shocking in so many surprising ways that I haven't stopped thinking about it for several days. It succeeds as entertainment, provocation and mind-expander, and seems to grow more powerful and mysterious the more I consider it.

Robin Wright Penn, who has helped improve movie after movie from "The Princess Bride" through "Forest Gump," "White Oleander" and "Nine Lives," reaches a new plateau here: that of taking absolute ownership of a film. She manages this despite the very fine work of the rest of the cast, which includes Sandra Oh, Josh Hamilton, Elodie Bouchez and an especially rich and beautiful performance from leading man Abdel Kechiche (who is himself writer/director of the 2005 Cesar-winning French film "L'Esquive"). The writer/director of "Sorry Haters" is Jeff Stanzler, who made the interesting "Jumpin' at the Boneyard" back in 1992, and two short films since. That this 2005 piece didn't put Stanzler on the map of big-time movie makers will remain as mysterious to me as does his movie.

I will say no more about the film, except that you might, at its conclusion, want to turn to the Special Features and watch the round-table discussion between a group that includes Tim Robbins, Mary Louise Parker and Julian Schnabel, all of whom seem as blown away by the film as was I. Certainly, for all of us, Muslims in America and a sweet phrase like "I want to give you something my parents gave me" may now resonate in quite a different manner.


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