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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.

Director:

Damien Chazelle

Writer:

Damien Chazelle

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Palmer Jason Palmer ... Guy
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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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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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 »

Filming Locations:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 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 and Elena meet on the train, a recorded announcement says "Entering Charles/MGH, Mass. General Hospital," but they are on a Green Line train, which doesn't go to Charles station. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Cincinnati
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Damien Chazelle
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A marvelous jazz musical debut worth more for its subtlety!
20 October 2017 | by WhimsicalVoniaSee all my reviews

3/3 Damien Chazelle films for me.

Tap dancing and jazz at its finest.

The youngest director to win an Academy Award for "La La Land" and first discovered by most with his sophomore film, "Whiplash", this is his debut from when he was still attending Harvard University.

This reminds me considerably of John Carney's "Once". A heartfelt, character driven, low budget musical that has the inklings of a true artist about to inevitably succeed in the mainstream, refining their craft slowly but surely. It should be appreciated even more for this, for their later award winning masterpieces will be far more influenced by Hollywood. Nothing much happens, but that is perfectly fine- because it is focused on the exceptional score and soundtrack. Cherish it.


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