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Lovely, Still (2008)

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A holiday fable that tells the story of an elderly man discovering love for the first time.

Director:

Nicholas Fackler (as Nik Fackler)

Writers:

Nicholas Fackler (as Nik Fackler), Tim Kasher (additional writing by)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Landau ... Robert Malone
Ellen Burstyn ... Mary Malone
Elizabeth Banks ... Alex Malone
Adam Scott ... Mike Malone
Har Mar Superstar ... Peter (as Sean Tillmann)
Kali Cook ... Cute Girl
Chris Wiig Chris Wiig ... Co-Worker #1 (as Christopher Why)
M. Michele Phillips M. Michele Phillips ... Co-Worker #2
Tina Dixon Tina Dixon ... Post Woman (as Christine Dixon)
Mary Douglass Mary Douglass ... Co-Worker #3
Scott Beehner ... Co-Worker #4
Todd Fink Todd Fink ... Fancy Waiter
Ross Brockley Ross Brockley ... Grumpy Carriage Driver
Alex Curbeam Alex Curbeam ... Damien Montgonmery
Michael Leach Jr. Michael Leach Jr. ... Sled Kid #2
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A holiday fable that tells the story of an elderly man discovering love for the first time.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

fable | old man | christmas | See All (3) »

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Something mysterious, new, unexpected and lovely is happening to Robert Malone.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, mild language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El amor de Robert See more »

Filming Locations:

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,584, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$124,720, 31 October 2010
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is called "Lovely, Still at Christmas" on True Christmas tv channel. See more »

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Remade as Salut d'Amour (2015) See more »

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Tender Love Story with an Element of Drama
27 January 2012 | by kstephensSee all my reviews

I am both a Martin Landau and an Ellen Burstyn fan, so I was especially looking forward to seeing them act. I expected formidable acting muscle, sparks, confrontations: things befitting their Actor's Studio origins. What instead greeted me was a Landau so frail and docile...and frightened. His character, Robert Malone, is a man who treads warily and uneasily through life. He is a single man, and we assume he has simply been unlucky in love. Burstyn is the loving, open-hearted, yet lonely, woman who sweeps into his life one Christmas and changes it forever. One thing about Landau in this film: the actor looks shockingly aged, and I'm sure this has been deliberately used by both the filmmaker and Landau himself as a sort of effect to win us over to sympathy for Malone. Yet I had no doubt that this is a consummate performance. Landau, in life, is likely vital and engaged whereas Robert Malone, as I have said, seems on the brink of terror nearly every moment of his day. (The "wakeup" sequences are especially effective conveying this.) The love story plays out in an even-handed way. Underneath this blossoming love, of course, is the shadow of mortality. There occurs--over two-thirds into the film--a dramatic event that I won't reveal or spoil, but it causes the viewer to look back over events that occurred and reflect on them...in a rewarding way. The drama is never cheap nor unjustified. I come away with satisfaction and admiration for the unexpected performances, for the tender core of the film, and for a fresh perspective on the elderly that is anything but cloying or cliché. This movie is in fact--particularly with the presence of Death hanging over events (as another character in the film)--as gripping and occasionally breathless as any thriller.


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