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Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 2012 (France)
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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So Yong Kim (as SoYong Kim)

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So Yong Kim (as SoYong Kim)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Joby Taylor
Peter Roberts Peter Roberts ... Tow-Truck Guy
William Roberts William Roberts ... Tow-Truck Guy
Jon Heder ... Fred Butler
Margarita Levieva ... Claire Taylor
Julian Gamble ... Mr. Hamilton
Dakota Johnson ... Cindy
Ronald Walter Mandigo Ronald Walter Mandigo ... Claire Taylor's Fiancé / Bowling Alley Extra
Mara Pelifian Mara Pelifian ... Mrs. Butler
Shaylena Mandigo ... Ellen Taylor
Jena Malone ... Susan
Mike Almond Mike Almond ... Bar Extra (as Michael Almond)
Gabrielle Bergeron Gabrielle Bergeron ... Bar Extra
Bonnie Lucia Bonnie Lucia ... Bar Extra
Robert Jordan Robert Jordan ... Bar Extra
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Joby Taylor, having risked home and family in pursuit of the roll-and-roll dream, finds himself being asked to surrender all rights of paternity to his six-year-old daughter Ellen in a divorce settlement. With much at stake at this late stage, is it too late for him to start being a father? That's the question as he approaches a deadline decision to either surrender or fight. Written by statmanjeff

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dla Ellen See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,282, 9 September 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

So Yong Kim's previous films, In Between Days (2006) and Na-moo-eobs-neun san (2008), both dealt with the repercussions of having absentee fathers. Here, she tackles a similar subject but this time from the point of view of the absentee father himself. See more »

Quotes

Joby Taylor: I thought that w-we're splitting everything. I get half the house. I get half the kid. Uh...
Fred Butler: No, um... I mean, I thought... I thought you knew that that was a condition for the... for the fifty/fifty settlement on the house. You know, in return, you must give up legal custody of Ellen as...
Joby Taylor: No.
Fred Butler: ...as her biological father.
Joby Taylor: No. No, that's not what I thought it said in the document at all. The-the-the settlement is about getting my share of that house she's living in, which I legally own half of.
Fred Butler:
Joby Taylor:
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Number of the Beauty
Written by Jason Diamond, Josh Diamond, John Bongiorno and Jim Starace
As performed by Puny Human
From the album 'Universal Freakout' on Smallstone Records
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for ellen
15 February 2012 | by griz90123See all my reviews

I was intrigued most of the movie,,Just wondering when something was going to give this movies a spark. I am a big fan of So Yong Kim,,Then all of a sudden pops in Ellen (shaylena mandigo)....Movie saver bigtime....This little girl is going to have a big future ahead of her,,,Excellent film ,,,My hats off to So and the cast,,,,Paul Dano and John Heder work very well together in this movie..The music in the bar scene and the toy store scene were my favorite parts,,,Watching Paul and Shaylena work together as an adult child team was excellent....Overall I was extremely impressed with the movie and look forward to more of So Yong Kims work,,,I would rate For Ellen her best movie yet followed by Treeless Mountain,,,,She is an inspiration to all.


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