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I Stand Here Ironing (2005)



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Credited cast:
Sandy Johnson Sandy Johnson ... Older Anna
Chryssie Whitehead ... Younger Anna
Solene LeVan ... Emily, Age 4-7
Denise Lorraine Denise Lorraine ... Emily, Age 17-19
Jeffrey Hutchinson ... Bill
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Alkofer Mark Alkofer ... Barber
Ken Bernfield Ken Bernfield ... Steelworker Hiring Agent
Rocky Davis Rocky Davis ... Amateur Show Pianist
Cathy Deobler Cathy Deobler ... Classroom Teacher
Georgan George ... Amateur Show Teacher
Kendall Hancock Kendall Hancock ... Park Kid
Janet Hoskins ... Stern Teacher
Al E. Katz Al E. Katz ... Comedy Show Host (as Al Katz)
Sarah LeVan ... Emily, Age 9
Bruce Mathews ... Homeless Man


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Short | Drama


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Silver Award winner (top prize) - 27th Annual Telly Awards (2006), "Film/Video, Non-Broadcast, Cultural" category. See more »

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Powerful and poignant
11 January 2011 | by card53See all my reviews

One of a series of short-story adaptations directed by Bruce Schwartz, "I Stand Here Ironing" is a moving tale of a mother's regret over her inability to provide for her daughter. It is also that rare example of a film that surpasses in quality its literary source. Tillie Olsen's original story merely alludes to events that Schwartz is able to depict with nuance and detail.

It's a low-budget affair, but the direction and acting more than compensate for the barren production design. Schwartz has a knack for eliciting from his cast the perfect reaction shots that communicate volumes, and he knows how long to hold each take for maximum impact. The cast is uniformly excellent, especially Solene and Sarah LeVan, who combine to play Emily in the various stages of her childhood. (The LeVan sisters, two years apart IRL, are so identical that I was not aware that two actresses played the role until I saw the cast list on IMDb.)

All of Schwartz's short-story adaptations (produced for the Thompson / Wadsworth literature textbook series) are extremely well-made and worth seeking out, but "I Stand Here Ironing" may well be the mini-masterpiece among the lot.

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Release Date:

9 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Tillie Olsen: I Stand Here Ironing See more »

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1.78 : 1
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