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Cosmopolis (2012)

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Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writers:

David Cronenberg (screenplay), Don DeLillo (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Eric Packer
Sarah Gadon ... Elise Shifrin
Paul Giamatti ... Benno Levin
Kevin Durand ... Torval
Abdul Ayoola ... Ibrahim Hamadou
Juliette Binoche ... Didi Fancher
Emily Hampshire ... Jane Melman
Bob Bainborough Bob Bainborough ... Dr. Ingram
Samantha Morton ... Vija Kinsky
Zeljko Kecojevic Zeljko Kecojevic ... Danko
Jay Baruchel ... Shiner
Philip Nozuka Philip Nozuka ... Michael Chin
Mathieu Amalric ... André Petrescu
Patricia McKenzie ... Kendra Hays
Ryan Kelly Ryan Kelly ... Rat Man #1
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Storyline

On the spur of the moment, twenty-eight year old Manhattan self-made multi-billionaire Eric Packer decides he wants to get a haircut from his regular and longtime barber across town, a difficult journey today if only because of the traffic gridlock from three high profile but vastly different events taking place in the borough, including a wandering anarchist protest, they who largely use dead rats as their symbol of protest. Through his trek, Eric, most taking place in his stretch limousine, meets with several business associates - some with as esoteric job titles as Head of Theory - and personal acquaintances, including his several week bride, Elise, a wealthy woman in her own right with who he still has a somewhat distant relationship if only because they don't really know each other. The start of Eric's day ends much differently than the end as his personal fortune largely hinges on external forces in relation to a speculative currency transaction, and as he learns that someone is... Written by Huggo

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How far can he go before he goes too far?

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for some strong sexual content including graphic nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Canada | France | Portugal | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmópolis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€330,899 (Italy), 27 May 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,339, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$743,636, 16 September 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,063,556, 4 January 2013
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Don DeLillo and David Cronenberg, the son of Paulo Branco, Juan Branco, initiated the project and suggested David Cronenberg should adapt the novel to screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Torval: Where?
Eric Packer: I wanna a haircut.
Torval: The president's in town.
Eric Packer: We don't care. We need a haircut. We need to go crosstown.
Torval: You will hit traffic that speaks in quarter inches.
Eric Packer: Just so I know. Which president are we talking about?
Torval: United States. Barriers will be set up. Entire streets deleted from the map.
Eric Packer: Show me my car.
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Pre-credits title card: a rat became the unit of currency ZBIGNIEW HERBERT See more »

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Referenced in Nanoman: Fekalonia (2015) See more »

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Long to Live
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Performed by Metric
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What was the point?
6 September 2012 | by jens-wegarSee all my reviews

Simply put, this has got to be one of the weirder films I've seen. Like an American version of a French art film. The film builds absolutely no momentum at all. There is exactly one surprising moment. Surprising because, like with a lot of the film, the action made no sense. Yes, you can argue that the film is about the dialog and I'll admit there is probably some profound insights to be found. But what good does insightful dialog make if you're about to fall asleep constantly. Besides, if you argue that the dialog is at the center, then there are plenty of scenes of graphic nature which do absolutely nothing to further the story in itself. As far as the dialog is concerned, those scenes could just as well have been placed in a coffee shop.

Paul Giamatti's performance, although short, was a small highlight of the movie. Even though it also dragged on, it once again showed why this guy stays on the radar all the time. For those that are only interested in the movie due to Pattison's torso, there is some material for you. His acting though is not that good. Not sure if that's because of the script or because of other reasons.

In short, if you're keen on watching a dialog for 109 minutes, then this might be for you. Don't expect anything but weird, and somewhat pointless action scenes though.


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