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3 Backyards (2010)

R | | Drama | 2010 (USA)
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The story of three people from the same suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day.


Eric Mendelsohn


Eric Mendelsohn
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elias Koteas ... John
Kathryn Erbe ... John's Wife
Edie Falco ... Peggy
Rachel Resheff ... Christina
Ron Phillips Ron Phillips ... Christina's Father
Wesley Broulik Wesley Broulik ... Big Man
Ann Arvia Ann Arvia ... Matron
Dana Eskelson ... Debbie
Randi Kaplan Randi Kaplan ... Jill
Embeth Davidtz ... The Actress
Kathy Searle ... Ticket Agent
Joe Cipoletti Joe Cipoletti ... Janitor #1
Louise Millmann Louise Millmann ... Teacher
John Monteleone John Monteleone ... Janitor #2
Nicole Brending Nicole Brending ... Frazzled Housewife


The story of three people from the same suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day.

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An enchanting cup of tea ...
19 March 2013 | by tdbrookerSee all my reviews

... but, obviously, not everyone's.

If you appreciate excellent acting, beautiful cinematography and don't need to be spoon-fed a message or hung up on plot, this may be a film for you.

It is daringly ambitious in that the dialog is almost non-existent, leaving the entire weight of the film in the hands of the actors and the camera and the soundtrack — and, of course, the director. All succeed marvelously as three day-in-a-life stories are laid out, each with nervous overtones and unique tension.

Searching for a unifying theme is a Rorschach test; you will make of it what you will. The inability of people to communicate on a personal level — or any level at all, for that matter — can lead to all sorts of unintended consequences, as you will see. I thought Edie Falco's acting was a bit blunt, but Elias Koteas's performance is marvelous. Embeth Davidtz conveys the most amount of mystery with the fewest amount of words — acting at its finest.

It is a wonderfully modern, realistic film, with the majority of the spoken words coming over a phone and conclusions largely unresolved. Still, I was engaged for every one of its 88 minutes. It's been a long time since a film held me so tightly.

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2010 (USA) See more »

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New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,332, 13 March 2011

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1.85 : 1
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