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Frownland (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 17 September 2008 (France)
About a door-to-door coupon salesman who eats popcorn & eggs off the folded-out-door of his kitchen oven.

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Ronald Bronstein
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dore Mann Dore Mann ... Keith
Paul Grimstad Paul Grimstad ... Charles
David Sandholm David Sandholm ... Sandy
Carmine Marino Carmine Marino ... Carmine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Bronstein Mary Bronstein ... Laura (as Mary Wall)
Paul Grant Paul Grant ... Exam-man
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About a door-to-door coupon salesman who eats popcorn & eggs off the folded-out-door of his kitchen oven.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2008 (France) See more »

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$16,573
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Features Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) See more »

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Just alright
8 November 2018 | by edge547See all my reviews

This is a film about a few New Yorkers who are struggling in life. It is actually very good at moments, but not great at others. The tone of the film is very uneven and unbalanced, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it feels unintentional here. At first we think maybe this is a comedy but we realize slowly that it is not.

The acting is actually very good. It feels strange at first until we realize that these are not the kinds of characters we normally see in films. But they exist in real life and here we get a chance too see them on the screen.

The writer and director of this movie stated that he was influenced by the highly acclaimed film Naked, and it is clearly evident here. In both films the characters speak fluently to each other about philosophy and their opinions on life. I felt like it actually felt more real in this one. It was better done. But it never felt completely real in either film, in my opinion. But maybe that's just because I don't encounter people who talk like that in real life. Maybe they're out there.

I like the camerawork a lot. The film felt a lot like Slackers at times, but maybe that's just because of the grainy 16mm look and the clothing the characters wore. The characters at times felt like they could have come from the world of that film, but at other times they felt like they belonged more in a John Cassavetes film.

It feels a bit like a Cassavetes film in several ways, particularly toward the end. The ending is very good and gritty and raw and not your typical Hollywood ending by any stretch. And while I feel like the story itself could have been revised and made better, the story as it was could not have been told any better.


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