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Matters of Life and Death (2007)

Three siblings struggle to maintain control of their lives after the unexpected death of their parents thrusts them into an uncertain world of adulthood.

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Joseph Mazzello

Writer:

Joseph Mazzello
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Emily Jennings
Joseph Mazzello ... David Jennings
Nick Heyman ... Jon
David Strathairn ... Mr. Jennings
Daniel Gillies ... Jimmy
Gwen Van Dam ... Grandma Barbara
Michael Hobert ... Mike
Alex Martinez Alex Martinez ... Young Jon
Aram Stevens Aram Stevens ... Young David
Wing Armstrong ... Baseball Umpire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Hochbrueckner ... Homeplate Umpire
Dani Jayden ... Student (as Dani Miura)
Melissa Jeanne Melissa Jeanne ... Student
Spencer Kelly Spencer Kelly ... Student
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Three siblings struggle to maintain control of their lives after the unexpected death of their parents thrusts them into an uncertain world of adulthood.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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2007 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Mazzello put in $20,000 of his own money into the film and raised a further $30,000 from fans. See more »

Quotes

David Jennings: Can you believe that?
Jon: Who cares? This is all her fault anyway.
David Jennings: I don't want to hear it.
Jon: It's true.
David Jennings: It's not true!
Jon: If it wasn't for her mom and dad...
David Jennings: No Jon, I don't ever want to hear you say that. We can't just start blaming each other when we get angry for what happened. You get it?
Emily Jennings: I forgot my keys... thanks Jon.
David Jennings: Just great.
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Very hard-hitting short drama
18 April 2007 | by famelovingboy68See all my reviews

This is Joe's most dramatic performance. In his writing, producing and directorial debut, he takes on his parents roles after their tragic deaths on 9/11. With his brother refusing to go to school and his sister ruining off with her worthless boy friend hording their late parents checks for her drug habit. The half hour drama shows the different ways we deal with death, possibly in a shockingly realistic (which most movies fail at) way, such as the 4 or 5 F-words. Mazzello starts out with a seemingly laid-back and quiet demeanor. Then he becomes very strong willed and austere, like when his brother won't get off the couch and go to school and shows disrespect for their father. Mazzello was more intense, strong willed and emotional than I have ever seen. Even at 22 years old when it was filmed last year, Joe still cries hard and convincing in the scence near the end where he replays the conversation on the phone with his parents during the hijack. This is the most hard-hitting drama Mazzello has ever starred in, though it is a short film.


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