5.4/10
22,964
82 user 138 critic

Serena (2014)

Trailer
1:56 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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)
Reviews
Popularity
4,408 ( 31)

Jennifer Lawrence Through the Years

Take a look back at Jennifer Lawrence's career on and off the screen.

See more Jennifer

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site | See more »

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,090, 29 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$176,305, 10 May 2015
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

On two occasions there are "Zippo" lighters shown and used. The movie takes place in 1929. The "Zippo" company was not founded until 1932 (per their website). 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.
See more »


Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Disappointing adaptation:
23 October 2014 | by CharlieGreenCGSee all my reviews

Serena has had quite a hard time so far. Filmed in 2012, it has been shelved for over a year and half due to apparent scheduling. But finally, after all that time it has come to light at this year's BFI London Film Festival for a world-premiere! But it does raise the question, is it a hidden gem that we have been long-desiring? Or is it so bad that it has was hidden on purpose? Unfortunately it appears to be the later.

Considering that is has two A-list on screen regulars; Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the film is surprisingly dissatisfying. Set in North Carolina in the Depression era, the film accounts the perspective of George Pemberton (Cooper) and his wood-plantation empire. That is until he meets Serena (Lawrence), when he suddenly suggests 'we should be married' - and they immediately do. In fairy- tales this is expected, but in a reality period drama it is loose and leaves no belief in their relationship. As a result, throughout the events of the film we have no attachment to them at all.

Once on board with Pemberton's wood-empire, Serena does not want to just be a trophy-wife, but instead gets hands-on involved in the dirty business end and is not afraid to throw some axes.

Form there onwards the film repeats the same formula over again: Romance, wood-chopping, politics - repeat. It is a tedious cycle with the all-so often subplots appearing that have no registration to the already flimsy story.

Also featuring; Rhys Ifans (as the bearded hit-man), Toby Jones (as Sheriff McDowell) and Sean Harris (as a wood-chopper), the film shockingly concludes with a melodrama on misplacement and seems unsure of where it is going, or what genre it even is.

If there was one positive thing to be said about Serena, it would be the six sex scenes between Cooper and Lawrence. But even then, the chemistry between them is tightly bound compared to their previous on-screen duos (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle).

Directed by Academy-Award winning Susanne Bier and penned by Christopher Kyle, it is hard to find who is exactly to blame. Is it the direction of the story? Either way it is a disappointing adaptation.


58 of 84 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 82 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed