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The lives of two strangers - a struggling mother and a gambling addict - who meet in tragedy. Years pass and they must come to terms with themselves and one another.

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Charles Oliver

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Driver ... Ana Nichols
Jeremy Renner ... Saul Gregor
Bobby Coleman ... Jesse Nichols
Adam Rodriguez ... Steven
David Denman ... Marty Nichols
Emily Harrison ... Wendy
Bill McKinney ... Benjamin Gregor
Francesca P. Roberts ... Principal
Jessica Stier ... Mrs. Bachanas
Rocky Marquette ... Mark
Paul Schackman ... Sam
Griff Furst ... Young Mechanic
Shane Woodson ... Older Mechanic
Courtenay Taylor ... Truck Driver (as Courtenay Kellen Taylor)
Louis Mandylor ... Terrell
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The lives of two strangers - a struggling mother and a gambling addict - who meet in tragedy. Years pass and they must come to terms with themselves and one another.

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What Would You Do?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violent and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossing Paths See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,264, 20 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,109, 27 July 2008
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[last lines]
Saul Gregor: [confronted by Ana in the prison holding room] I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I've tried to imagine... who you are, what your day was like before. I put together your entire life in a single moment.
[remembering the moment he held the gun on her]
Saul Gregor: I feel like I know you. I *don't* know who you are. Or what I have taken from you. For that I am so sorry.
Ana Nichols: I tried for so long not to give you a face. it's so much better when you don't have a face. All these details of you in my mind, in my ...
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Wonderland
Performed by Eugene Kulikov
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Written by Eugene Kulikov (PRS)
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A near-perfect film
15 May 2007 | by tymflyer-1See all my reviews

This film exemplifies why the industry needs to keep encouraging the making of independent films. This film couldn't have come from a major studio.

The cinematography was cutting edge and experimental (a patent is even pending on a new camera rig, according to the DP at a Tribeca Q&A), and it worked well to saturate the viewer with the mood of each part of the film.

The writing was precise and tight, but the director allowed the force of the film to be carried more in its silences and in tiny nuances of expression than in dialog.

Which brings me to perhaps the most powerful of the film's elements: the acting. Without the right actors, the powerful message of the film in evoking the immense struggle surrounding rage and forgiveness would have been lost in the silences. Minnie Driver's face on one tight closeup after another showed nuances that were unbelievably powerful. Jeremy Renner's portrayal of a slow inexorable descent into darkness was captured flawlessly. And the little boy - Bobby Coleman (Driver's son in the film)- both enchanted with a completely natural portrayal of charming boyhood and terrified with a chilling reaction to what happens to him. Although young, he was completely real, with none of the Dakota-Fanning-blankness we've come to accept. In a sense, he was the linchpin of the film; if we hadn't cared about him and his relationship to Minnie, we would not have cried as we did.

The whole audience was in tears; be prepared. But...also be prepared to think, and wonder, and grapple with the film. It is well worth it.


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