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Backlight (2010)

Several characters who are each at critical stages of their lives are strangely impelled towards an uncharted lake in the middle of the desert where they all have the opportunity to save each other.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquim de Almeida ... Jay
Michelle Mania Michelle Mania ... Lucy's Mother
Skyler Day ... Lucy
Scott Bailey ... Matt
Joey Hagler ... Daniel
Evelina Pereira Evelina Pereira ... Helena
Donovan Scott ... Old Farmer
Ana Cristina de Oliveira ... Motel Receptionist
Jeff Swarthout Jeff Swarthout ... School Principal
Renee Ainsworth Renee Ainsworth ... Claire (voice)
James LaGrappe James LaGrappe ... Brad
Caitlin Carmichael ... Jamie
Catherine Carmichael Catherine Carmichael ... Jamie's Mother
Ana Lopes ... Waitress (as Ana Paula Lopes)
Nicole Marie Comer ... Sandy


Several characters who are each at critical stages of their lives are strangely impelled towards an uncharted lake in the middle of the desert where they all have the opportunity to save each other.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi



Official Sites:

Official site [Portugal]


Portugal | USA



Release Date:

22 July 2010 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Wonders See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€41,989 (Portugal), 25 July 2010
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Virtual Audiovisuais See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Old Farmer" is driving a 1958 Mercury M-100 pick-up truck. See more »


Claire: [speaking on cell phone] What I mean is, that he jumped into the lake, drowned, and woke up trying to save Jennifer.
Matt: Isn't Jennifer dead at this point?
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References A Canção de Lisboa (1933) See more »


Written by Santos e Pecadores
Performed by Santos e Pecadores
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Truly inspiring!
4 October 2010 | by ricosapoSee all my reviews

Backlight is one of the best films I've seen this year. There are various ways this film can be read and a number of messages implied from the various stories of the characters. What makes this film superb is how the path of each characters determines and influences the other character's lives. There are also solid performances although the are no big stars in the cast. It's an independent film but shot extremely well which makes it look rather mainstream like a high budget film. The script is also brilliant with nicely fleshed out characters and plots which intertwine neatly in the end to show how everything is related. By all honesty this movie is so inspiring that I was yanked back in my seat by emotion. It is a rare movie which made me think about the meaning of life and how we are all connected to each other. Most movies I've seen have no purpose or meaning of any kind. This had it all, plus cliffhangers that went on. Lucy' story is full of suspense and all the other stories mixed together are so emotional. Every single frame of the film is filled with a purpose. Each word and action accounted for some point later on. It is so pleasing finding a script that controls me and makes me look like an idiot in the face of perfection.

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