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Slipstream (2007)

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Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Bonhoeffer
Stella Hopkins ... Gina (as Stella Arroyave)
Christian Slater ... Ray / Matt Dobbs / Patrolman #2
John Turturro ... Harvey Brickman
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Mort / Phil Henderson / Patrolman
Camryn Manheim ... Barbara
Jeffrey Tambor ... Geek / Jeffrey / Dr. Geekman
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Bonnie
Fionnula Flanagan ... Bette Lustig
Michael Lerner ... Big Mikey
Christopher Lawford ... Lars
Lisa Pepper ... Tracy / Nurse
Gavin Grazer Gavin Grazer ... Gavin / Ambulance Driver
Aaron Tucker ... Chauffeur / Aaron
Lana Antonova ... Lily
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Storyline

An actor and would-be screenwriter, who at the very moment of his meeting with Fate, comes to discover that life is random and fortune is sightless. He is thrown into a vortex where time, dreams, and reality collide in an increasingly whirling slipstream. It's a surreal and dreamlike tale of one man's journey. Written by Gregg Brilliant

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I've got to get back.


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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Slipstream Dream See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,273, 28 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,273, 26 October 2007
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2.35 : 1
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Stella Hopkins is Anthony Hopkins's wife. See more »

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While Matt Dobbs and Geek are discussing Invasion of the Body Snatchers during the diner scene, they repeatedly refer to the female lead as "Donna Wynter". The actress's name was in fact Dana Wynter See more »

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Vulture: Have a nice day.
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Features All About Eve (1950) See more »

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Mi Par D'Udire Ancor
(from "The Pearl Fishers")
Written by Georges Bizet
Performed by Beniamino Gigli
Courtesy of Dynamic Records
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Probably the best surrealist movie in years
25 July 2010 | by be-bop-795-4205See all my reviews

This is a great surrealist movie, probably the best in years, a true gem which will become a cult classic. No wonder many people hate it: one has to open his mind to understand and enjoy it.

If you routinely switch your creative self off with the 'play' button on your DVD, you'll most probably hate "Slipstream". No peace of mind here. If you are expecting a certain plot and a regular story development from exposition to culmination, etc., you'll be disappointed.

Because this is a story of a story. A story that is not cut in stone once and forever but an open one, an unfinished one, unveiling in many different directions at the same time. It involves different scenarios, actors and real life people changing places, untimely side thoughts, personal memories, citations, flashbacks. Not an elaborate lynchian riddle, although it may remind you of one. 'SLIPSTREAM' IS ABOUT HOW OUR CREATIVE MIND WORKS, did you notice the title? It it about a process rather than about a product. A process that cannot be separated from the writer's own life (well, unless what he's doing is a calculated cynical imitation, of which we are seeing plenty) - and that can only be finalized by death. Given the writer is so old, his mind is freely tripping about past and sometimes the future. Logic and sequence are of no more weight here than his subliminal.

Some find 'clipping' visuals in movies disturbing. I would agree in most cases but not in the case of 'Slipstream'. How better can you introspect the creative process of finding the right scene and the right angle? 'He is waiting in front of a bright yellow sports car... no, acid slate green sports car... oh, may it be a violet car looking the other side?' Besides, the camera work is just very tasty and sometimes visuals are quite beautiful, the American landscapes near Vegas in particular.

Being a rich, thoughtful film of many layers, 'Slipstream' is by no means heavy going or dull - provided you do understand what it is about (see above). There are many memorable scenes (i.e. Slater's loaded gun monologue about the 'Body Snatchers') and little gems (like John Turturro shouting into his cell 'Cannot talk any more, I'm on someone's hard disk!'). Funny, sad, scary, absurd, lighthearted - the movie is true to life as a mixed bag of impressions. Think of Lynch's 'Twin Peaks', of Bunuel's 'Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie', some 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas', some Fellini's Amarcord - these are hardly direct analogies but just what comes to my mind in response to seeing 'Slipstream'.

Hopkins is predictably fantastic in his role. Slater, Turturro, Tambor deliver excellent performances. A special note must be made of Stella Arroyave who was so natural and rich I could not believe it was her debut role.

I have been a fan of Hopkins as an actor, now I'm also a fan of him as a director, and of his wife as an actress as well. A 10/10 movie without reservations. Do yourself a favour, make a break from stupidity and watch this movie with all your three eyes open.


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