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An Invisible Sign (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 October 2010 (USA)
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Mona Gray is a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises.

Director:

Marilyn Agrelo

Writers:

Pamela Falk (screenplay), Michael Ellis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Mona Gray
Chris Messina ... Ben Smith
Sônia Braga ... Mom (as Sonia Braga)
John Shea ... Dad
J.K. Simmons ... Mr. Jones
Sophie Nyweide ... Lisa Venus
Bailee Madison ... Young Mona
Marylouise Burke ... Ms. Gelband
Ashlie Atkinson ... Lisa's Aunt
Crystal Bock Crystal Bock ... Panida Saleswoman
Mackenzie Milone ... Ann DiGanno
Ian Colletti ... Danny O'Mazzi
Jake Siciliano ... Elmer Gravlaki
Stephanie DeBolt Stephanie DeBolt ... Ellen
Joanna Adler ... Lisa's Mom
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Storyline

After a stroke of her father, the weird Mona Gray gives up of all the things she likes expecting that her father will be better. When she is 20 year-old, she is expelled from home by her mother to live her own life. Soon her mother lies to her friend Ms. Gelband, who is principal of a school, telling that Mona Gray is graduated and she hires her to teach mathematic to the third grade. Mona Gray feels affection for the orphan Lisa Venus and her odd behavior attracts the attention of the teacher Ben Smith. When there is an incident at school, the life of Mona Gray changes for good. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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count on the unexpected.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Invisible Sign of My Own See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$854, 5 May 2011, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

America Ferrera was originally cast as Mona Gray, but dropped out and Jessica Alba replaced her. See more »

Goofs

When Alba was in class and put a child in a corner by the door she wrote two large numbers on the black board and wanted the children to tell her what sign (greater or less than) to put between them. When the child made a sound to get her attention you could see the less than sign already written on the board, but it was missing after the child from the corner gave the correct answer and the teacher wrote it on the board. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mona Gray: [narrating] I used to love my dad's stories, until the one he told me on my tenth birthday.
Dad: There once was a kingdom where everybody lived forever. But the problem with nobody ever dying was that the kingdom got very crowded. And so the king, getting squeezed out of his own castle by his endless royal lineage, issued a decree.
King: [still-life cartoon] Everybody in my kingdom, please pick one person from your family to die. We will have a mass execution that will bring forth much-needed ...
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Thought-provoking

Definitely worth watching. The best word to describe it is 'interesting'. It seems quite slow sometimes, though never boring, just more character-driven than plot-driven for a large portion of the film - although more happens towards the end.

The actors playing the film's central/crucial characters played their roles well, and most had interesting, thought-provoking roles. Sophie Nyweide in particular was excellent as Lisa. To me, the film revolved around her and Mona, played well by Jessica Alba. Their relationship was interesting, especially alongside the film's comments on becoming and being a grown up. Lisa's character alone was one of the main things that kept me hooked when I was watching it; children's roles don't often go that deep in character. That, as well as Mona's views on numbers and any of the final thoughts the film leaves you with, makes An Invisible Sign something new and refreshing.

I didn't leave with a new favourite, but I'm very glad I watched it. It's not the type of film to suit everyone, but I recommend giving it a chance.


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