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Tallulah (2016)

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Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.


Sian Heder


Sian Heder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Page ... Tallulah (as Ellen Page)
Allison Janney ... Margo
Tammy Blanchard ... Carolyn
Evan Jonigkeit ... Nico
Felix Solis ... Manuel
David Zayas ... Detective Richards
Uzo Aduba ... Detective Kinnie
Fredric Lehne ... Russell
Evangeline Ellis Evangeline Ellis ... Madison
Liliana Ellis ... Madison
John Benjamin Hickey ... Stephen
Zachary Quinto ... Andreas
Maddie Corman ... Vera
Eden Marryshow ... Officer Lacey
Oberon K.A. Adjepong ... Cab Driver


An intelligent but feral girl's boyfriend leaves unexpectedly causing her to search for him at his estranged mother's home. The two women begin to bond, finding supportive friendship in each other's troubled lives, changing their outlook forever. Written by Justin Goring

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Life can be a real mother


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


This film is a feature-length evolution of Sian Heder's 2006 short, Mother (2006). In fact, the the script for Mother is re-used almost word-for-word in the sequence where Tallulah first encounters Madison and her mother in the hotel suite. See more »


When Margot and Carolyn are talking at the dinner table, Carolyn's cup changes from white to teal. See more »


Detective Richards: So you make a habit of taking toddlers into protective custody?
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No Tresspassing Blues
Written by Brandon Wurtz, Shannon Dean, Bert Hoover, Chance Welton, & Erik Lake
Performed by Jesus Sons
Courtesy of Mock Records
By arrangement with Light in the Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
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A beautiful coming of age story brought to life by a really good cast
22 May 2020 | by gaiagiordaniSee all my reviews

Tallulah, or Lu as everybody calls her, lives in her truck with her boyfriend, Nico. Sick of her fear to commit to anything, he leaves her, so she decides to go look for him at his mothers house. In the process she comes across a toddler neglected by its alcoholic and careless mother and she ends up kidnapping the baby. She then pretends it's hers and Nico's baby and Nico's mother starts taking care of her. A bond is slowly created between the two women.

It's a pretty good movie that I would recommend. you're left wondering during the entire movie how and if that Impossible situation is going to be solved. Even if the theme is pretty "dramatic" the actors, by giving a really good and convincing performance, give the characters something not pathetic, not illusional, but deeply human. At the beginning of the movie, the main character is not at all lovable. But the more you learn about her past, the more you understand her and her behavior. We learn to appreciate her the same way that the mother does.

The metaphor of the gravity, that starts in the first scene of the movie till the end, to describe somebody's attachment to something is relatable and adds something to the story. The entire movie feels like a coming of age story where Lu needs to learn to stop running away and the mother to start holding on to something.

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Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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