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Serena (2014)

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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writers:

Christopher Kyle (screenplay), Ron Rash (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Cooper ... George Pemberton
Jennifer Lawrence ... Serena Pemberton
Rhys Ifans ... Galloway
Toby Jones ... Sheriff McDowell
David Dencik ... Buchanan
Sean Harris ... Campbell
Ana Ularu ... Rachel Hermann
Sam Reid ... Vaughn
Conleth Hill ... Doctor Chaney
Charity Wakefield ... Agatha
Douglas Hodge ... Horace Kephart
Kim Bodnia ... Abe Hermann
Christian McKay ... Boston bank manager (as Christian Mckay)
Philip Zandén ... Calhoun (as Philip Zanden)
Ned Dennehy ... Ledbetter
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Storyline

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

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Taglines:

Some loves can never let you go.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Czech Republic | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Falling See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,090, 29 March 2015

Gross USA:

$176,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,075,622
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Apart from Cooper and Lawrence, the majority of the film's cast are not American. Their nationalities include English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Czech and Swedish. The Czech Republic stood in for Carolina in the shoot. See more »

Goofs

At minute 40:07 Pemberton and Buchanan encounter the bear. The bear that appears on screen is a grizzly, not a black bear. Grizzlies did not inhabit the Smoky Mountains of 1929. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pemberton: Hell, that dog's bigger than that. I thought you said there were panthers here.
Galloway: I ain't seen a panther in these mountains for nine years.
Pemberton: What about the carcass we found up in Noland? Something mauled that.
Galloway: That weren't no panther. Chest weren't torn open. They eat the heart first.
Pemberton: You find me an honest-to-God panther to hunt, and I'll give you a $20 gold piece.
Galloway: If there's a panther still around here it's likely touched by the devil. They end up hunting you.
Pemberton: Well, I want one.
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There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears
Written by Fred Fisher
Performed by Paul Whiteman and Orchestra (as Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra)
(Coronet: Bix Beiderbecke, Vocal: Bing Crosby)
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Strong and remarkable
7 November 2015 | by PredragSee all my reviews

I usually write a review only when my opinion drastically differentiates from what I find already contributed - when there's a dire need to tip the scale. And there is one here, to save this incredible film from the lynch mob.

This atmospheric dark period romance set in an unusual stage has a lot of human drama to offer. And this is what S. Bier is known at excelling. And pouring it on, which obviously irritates some part of the audience. But it is all done with a lot of taste for timing, with a good and fresh modern editing which disposes of most needless parts of the action and instead rather reserves that time for us to think about it all during the breaks of foggy Smoky Mountains scenery. (Obfuscation plays a leading role here, and this landscape couldn't be a better choice.)

Film is layered with appropriately somber music used/mixed with subtlety, and likewise its gorgeous photography has been wonderfully appreciated by the edit which understands its visual potential. This is one of those rare instances where a pattern of hand-held closeups doesn't seem gratuitous, but does manage to bring us closer to the characters. Beside this being the result of the strong characters themselves, it is also a combination of a slower, not-frenetic pace, with a lot of static masters too.

While there might be some unbelievable decisions the characters make in this story, we need to remind ourselves that instead of treating this as a negative, these are the emotional extremes we should be welcoming, in an emotional rawness which needs appreciation. At the end, it is an emotional and symbolic theater in which all the elements and symbols have and live to deliver their wonderfully intertwined meanings.


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