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Maladies (2012)

TV-14 | | Drama | 29 June 2012 (Brazil)
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A talented and successful actor retires at a young age due to a perceived mental illness. Now living in a small town with his deranged sister and his best friend, we watch as their Maladies intertwine.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... James
Catherine Keener ... Catherine
Fallon Goodson ... Patricia
David Strathairn ... Delmar
Alan Cumming ... Alan
Ken Scott ... Narrator (voice)
Mary Beth Peil ... Blind Woman
Ben George Ben George ... Policeman
Carter Carter ... Officer Carter
Jermaine Crawford ... Teenager
Vince Jolivette Vince Jolivette ... Officer Jolivette
Jon Prescott ... Prescott
Jean Carter Jean Carter ... Lady in Diner
Bob Zelnick Bob Zelnick ... Mr. Zelnick
Julie Sharbutt ... Drugstore Soda Jerk


A talented and successful actor retires at a young age due to a perceived mental illness. Now living in a small town with his deranged sister and his best friend, we watch as their Maladies intertwine.

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Release Date:

29 June 2012 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Bolest See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the movie's early development stage, James Franco, who plays an actor who had formerly been on a soap opera, became interested in really appearing on a soap opera. The result was his guest stint on General Hospital (1963) in 2010. See more »


Referenced in General Hospital: Episode #1.11968 (2010) See more »


The Nail That Sticks Up Must Be Pounded Down
Written and Produced by J. Ralph
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almost the worst movie in the last ten years
12 February 2013 | by fufubenguruSee all my reviews

Just came from the premiere at Cubix / Alexanderplatz (Berlinale film festival).

I still have no idea what hit me. I really like James Franco, Catherine Keener, and the other actors are also quite good performers, as they usually act absolutely authentic to me. but the script was as if stolen from some over-enthusiast in a middle school writing class. Not even one piece of dialog struck me. No dramaturgy. Just NOTHING catchy. I like different layers of meanings, I tried so hard yet couldn't find it here. The picture is good. That's it. I fell asleep for some minutes, maybe I've missed something important, which would make me reconsider the movie, but it's unlikely.

It started quite interesting, overall, very promising set of characters and their situation, but it just gets nowhere, for the whole movie. It is like you can actually feel how uncomfortable the actors must have felt with the script that has been handed to them.

Save your time. This is my first movie review since years, and I don't claim to be a good critic. But this is just worth warning people.

Just for a brief orientation, just to name a few (mostly popular) directors & writers of movies I enjoyed: Jim Jarmusch, Gaspar Noé, Werner Herzog, Wes Anderson, the Coen brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Fincher, David lynch, Quentin Tarantino

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