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Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Coleman Hough

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debbie Doebereiner ... Martha
Omar Cowan Omar Cowan ... Martha's Father
Dustin James Ashley ... Kyle (as Dustin Ashley)
Phyllis Workman Phyllis Workman ... Bakery Shopkeeper
Laurie L. Wee Laurie L. Wee ... Kyle's Mother (as Laurie Lee)
Daniel R. Christian Daniel R. Christian ... Factory Supervisor
Misty Wilkins ... Rose
Madison Wilkins Madison Wilkins ... Jesse
K. Smith K. Smith ... Jake
Decker Moody Decker Moody ... Detective Don Taylor
Thomas R. Davis Thomas R. Davis ... Sergeant Davis
Ross Clegg Ross Clegg ... CSI
Scott Smeeks Scott Smeeks ... Officer Smeeks
M. Stephen Deem M. Stephen Deem ... Pawn Shop Owner
Leonora K. Hornbeck Leonora K. Hornbeck ... Tackle Shopkeeper
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Storyline

In a small North American town, the middle age Martha and the twenty and something years old Kyle work in a doll factory. Martha nurses her old father and usually gives a lift to Kyle, who works also in the night-shift cleaning a shovel factory. When the young single mother Rose is hired to work with airbrush and stencils in the factory, she is befriended by Kyle and Martha. In a Friday night, Rose hires Martha to work as babysitter of her two year old daughter Jesse and Martha finds that she is dating Kyle. Rose returns back home early after stealing Kyle's savings, and Martha witnesses Jesse's father Jake accusing Rose of stealing weed and money from his house. On the next morning, Rose is found strangled in her house and Detective Don Taylor interviews Jake, Kyle and Martha along his investigation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Another Steven Soderbergh Experience

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banka See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,664, 29 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145,382, 19 February 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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strange, but short
5 September 2005 | by gordenesSee all my reviews

I just saw this at the Venice Film Festival, and can't quite decide about it. We were never allowed to get close enough to any of the characters to care about them. Maybe that was the point, that we are all in a "bubble" of our own, but these people didn't compel me to be concerned about them or shocked at their various fates. At a running time of just over an hour, the characters weren't very well developed. Lots of time was devoted to shots of factory equipment (forklifts, conveyor belts, shovels); and the slightly-creepy-looking baby dolls with surprisingly lifelike eyes, that most of the characters made for a living, were somehow more interesting than the live people. An interesting experiment, but somehow it never quite came together.


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