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Tenderness (2009)

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A policeman works to figure out whether a violent teen murdered his family.

Director:

John Polson

Writers:

Emil Stern (screenplay), Robert Cormier (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Lt. Cristofuoro
Jon Foster ... Eric Poole
Sophie Traub ... Lori
Laura Dern ... Aunt Teresa
Alexis Dziena ... Maria
Arija Bareikis ... Marsha
Tim Hopper ... Dan Komenko
Vivienne Benesch Vivienne Benesch ... Lisa Komenko
Brian Patrick Russell ... Facility Director (as Brian Russell)
Lou Sumrall Lou Sumrall ... Cafeteria Guard
Tanya Clarke ... Jackie Cristofuoro
Michael Kelly ... Gary
Lee R. Sellars ... Sam (as Lee Sellars)
Matt Pepper Matt Pepper ... Ben
Saul Stein ... Another Guard
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Storyline

Three lives. Buffalo detective Lt. Cristofuoro, whose catatonic wife is in hospital, takes a special interest in Eric Komenko, a juvenile who killed his parents and will be freed on his 18th birthday. So does Lori Cranston, 15 or 16, her body fully developed and the object of lust by her boss and her mother's new boyfriend. She keeps a scrapbook about Eric, and when he's released from custody, she hides in the backseat of his car, insisting he take her with him on a trip toward Albany where he's planning to meet a girl. Cristofuoro is certain Eric will kill again, so he follows. It's clear early on that Cristofuoro's probably right, but what's Lori's motivation? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The intimacy of the kill.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenderness - Auf der Spur des Killers See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$311,101
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Russell Crowe filmed all of his scenes in 9 days. See more »

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When Eric and Lori are at the Reststop/Store, where Lori try's on clothes and Eric is seen purchasing a necklace, it is day time and the sun is out. Next, when Lt. Cristofuoro is driving in his car it is now very dark and obviously nighttime. However, when we go back to the next scene, as Eric and Lori explore the abandoned trailer and Lt. Cristofuoro shows up, it is now back to day time and the sun is out again. See more »

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[first lines]
Lt. Cristofuoro: My wife likes to say there are two kinds of people, those chasing pleasure, and those running from pain. Lorelei Cranston is Running. Running from all kinds of everything. Probably has been her whole life.
Lt. Cristofuoro: If you ask me, nobody gets to escape their pain. It's there when you brush your teeth at night. It's there before breakfast. It will come up fierce and sharp, and lay in to you blunt and heavy. The most you can hope for is one good day. Because on a good day you get to tell ...
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Performed by Debra Desalvo, John Hummel and Duke Rashkow
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A much improved Polson answers his critics with 'Tenderness'
19 September 2009 | by FightOwensFightSee all my reviews

'Tenderness' was first recommended to me by a close friend who I normally trust as far as judgment in film. However, when I learned the director, John Polson, was responsible for such films as 'Swimfan' and 'Hide & Seek', I had my doubts... As the movie progressed I found myself reassured by some emotionally provoking cinematography, strong performances, and an intriguing story. This film obviously is not comparable to Polson's previous flawed films. No, 'Tenderness' is actually substantial proof that Polson does have some talent in his bones after all.

After several years of juvenile incarceration for the horrific murders of his parents, Eric Poole (Jon Foster) is released back into the world amidst much controversy. While dealing with his wife's terminal condition, Retired Detective Cristofuoro (Russell Crowe) keeps close watch on Eric after his release waiting for him to slip up. Shortly after returning to his Aunt's home, Eric sets off to Albany to look at colleges. Suspecting that there is more to the trip that Eric is letting on, Eric's Aunt Teresa (Laura Dern) notifies the Detective of the trip. Fueled by an obsession by a seemingly chance encounter with Eric before the murders, a young and immature teen, Lori (Sophie Traub), forces a second encounter and finds herself accompanying Eric on his journey all while both searching for their own version of tenderness.

While it's no secret that this is not a perfect film, there is something to be said about this adaptation of Robert Cormier's novel. Instead of drawing from high suspense of the occurring events and without spelling everything out for the audience like most American films, Australian director Polson focuses on studying the film's characters. Though the characterization is a worthy effort, I still felt that the full potential of each character's depth was not explored. As long as you can get past Polson's earlier work and view the film with an open mind, you should be able to enjoy 'Tenderness' for as much as I did.


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