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Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | July 2010 (USA)
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Damien Chazelle

Writer:

Damien Chazelle
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Palmer Jason Palmer ... Guy
Desiree Garcia Desiree Garcia ... Madeline
Sandha Khin Sandha Khin ... Elena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen Adelman Karen Adelman ... Karen
Suzanne Bouffard Suzanne Bouffard ... Dancer at Summer Shack
Kelly Burk Kelly Burk ... Dancer at Summer Shack
Anna Chazelle ... Laura
Bernard Chazelle Bernard Chazelle ... Paul
Gonzalo Digenio Gonzalo Digenio ... John
Frank Garvin Frank Garvin ... Frank
Eli Gerstenlauer Eli Gerstenlauer ... Eli
Carolyn Glicklich Carolyn Glicklich ... Dancer at Summer Shack
Greg Greg ... Greg Duncan
Keith Gross-Hill Keith Gross-Hill ... Keith
Kevin Harris Kevin Harris ... Kevin
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guy y Madeline en un banco del parque See more »

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USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,233, 7 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,556, 10 February 2012
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shortly after completing the film, a friend suggested to writer/director Damien Chazelle to watch Barry Jenkins's film Medicine for Melancholy (2008) given it was another black and white contemporary film gaining momentum among the indie circuit. Ironically, a friend of Barry Jenkins' told him to watch Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) shortly after completing his film. Both directors were up for several Academy Awards in 2017 for their films La La Land (2016) and Moonlight (2016) respectively and only discovered this after speaking to one another during The Hollywood Report's Oscar's Roundtable. See more »

Goofs

When Guy is crossing a bridge toward the end, traffic on the highway below seems to be driving on the left, as if the film were a mirror image. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.16 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It Happened at Dawn
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Damien Chazelle
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A missed opportunity
8 May 2011 | by marknycSee all my reviews

I thought the conceit of the film was to juxtapose a micro budget with a lush symphonic score and Godardish realism with tap dance numbers, but that never really happens. The musical numbers are few and far between, and the only real one (Boy in the Park) doesn't come until 3/4 of the way into the film.

If you establish a premise in a film (characters break into song to express their feelings), you must be true to it, not afraid of it. It felt like the filmmaker couldn't decide whether to go all the way - I wish he had. It would've made for a far more watchable film. What we get is a film that is unsatisfying for those watching for the fantasy and for those watching for the realism.


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