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When Jenny Cross has to spend summer vacation with her deadbeat dad in his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death.

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Elisabeth Fies

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chauntal Lewis ... Jenny / Daughter
David Scott Lago ... Puck / Jenny's boyfriend (as David Lago)
Stuart G. Bennett Stuart G. Bennett ... Dr. Clark Polieos / Father
Elisabeth Fies Elisabeth Fies ... Cassie / Jenny's mother
Adrian Lee ... Rhea
Cindy Baer ... Esmeralda
Winter Winter ... Loki
Trevor Murphy ... Cassie's Lover
Miles Gregory Miles Gregory ... Miles
Heidi Hornbacher Heidi Hornbacher ... Alice
Sophie Yoakum Sophie Yoakum ... Pomegranate
Leslie Lello Leslie Lello ... Nurse Brenda
Hero Fies Hero Fies ... Hero
Lena Robinson Lena Robinson ... Tiamat
Josie Fite Josie Fite ... Jenny Cross - age 6
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Storyline

When Jenny Cross (Chauntal Lewis) has to spend summer vacation with deadbeat dad (Stuart G. Bennett) on his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death...Provocateur filmmaker Elisabeth Fies masterfully mixes psychological thriller, horror, satire, and coming of age movies to create a fresh, surprising mystery that winks at 1970s masterpieces. Written by The Commune

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commune See more »

Filming Locations:

Geyserville, California, USA See more »

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I Hate LA productions See more »
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The end credit love song is sung by stars David Scott Lago and Chauntal Lewis, and lyrics were co-written by Elisabeth Fies. Music and co-lyrics by musician Jenn Oberle. See more »

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When Jenny is found by Loki to be brought to the art therapy room she asks for time to change her clothes, but he says no. In the next scene, she is in the art therapy room in a different outfit. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Polieos: All I want is a relationship with you.
Dr. Polieos: Is it so much to ask for?
Dr. Polieos: I know I'm not a Gilbert Girl like your mother...
Jenny Cross: Gilmore Girls.
Dr. Polieos: Give your dad one chance.
Dr. Polieos: Things will be different, I promise.
Dr. Polieos: If not, you can run away tomorrow.
Dr. Polieos: But tonight, we're having this eggplant stew I learned from a tribal chief in the Himalayans...
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Connections

References The Howling (1981) See more »

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This Night I Ride
Written by Sharon Knight & Winter
Performed by Pandemonaeon
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A great, true indie movie
31 March 2010 | by jfaerberSee all my reviews

First, I'm not even sure if I should call this movie a "horror" movie. Yes, it involves a few horrible acts, but when I think of a "horror" movie -- especially by today's standards -- I picture some PG-13 crap with a bunch of teenagers running away from an unstoppable killer for 90 minutes.

This isn't that kind of movie, not by a long shot.

And when I say it's an indie film, I don't mean it's indie compared to Transformers 2. I mean it's indie in the truest sense of the word. It appears to have been created by a bunch of like-minded people motivated by their love of movies and devotion to the story they wanted to tell, not by profit.

I have no idea what the budget was for this movie, but I'm guessing it was pretty small. And yet that doesn't come across on film. It's a "small" movie, in that there aren't a lot of locations and the cast is small and there aren't any special effects. But it never feels like a "cheap" movie. It's well-shot, the sound is good, and the music was particularly strong.

The story involves Jenny (don't call her Jen!), a 16-year old girl forced to spend time with her estranged father as part of a custody agreement. Her father's some kind of hippie guru and lives in a weird commune. Jenny arrives at the commune and we initially get a lot of fish-out-of-water / culture clash humor. But the humor's offset nicely by an undercurrent of creepiness to everything.

Jenny soon meets Puck, a kid who lives in the nearby town. They strike up a friendship, and spend more and more time with each other as Jenny is continually creeped out at the commune.

I won't spoil the rest of the film. As I said before, it's not what I'd call a "horror" film, per se. Maybe more of a psychological thriller. But it's also got strong elements of black comedy. It's my kind of movie, in that it slides quite comfortably back and forth between genres.

I found the high point of the film to be at the beginning of the third act, in a prolonged scene between Jenny and Puck. Elisabeth Fies, the writer / director / co-star, establishes a really intimate, genuine, raw moment between her two characters.

If you're in the mood for something different, and want to support truly independent filmmakers, check out The Commune.


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