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Stoker (2013)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 1 March 2013 (UK)
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After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

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Chan-wook Park
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Wasikowska ... India Stoker
Nicole Kidman ... Evelyn Stoker
David Alford ... Reverend
Matthew Goode ... Charles Stoker
Peg Allen Peg Allen ... Housekeeper 1
Lauren E. Roman ... Housekeeper 2 (as Lauren Roman)
Phyllis Somerville ... Mrs. McGarrick
Harmony Korine ... Mr. Feldman
Lucas Till ... Pitts
Alden Ehrenreich ... Whip
Dominick 'Dino' Howard Dominick 'Dino' Howard ... Pitts' Friend
Jacki Weaver ... Gwendolyn Stoker
Dermot Mulroney ... Richard Stoker
Tyler von Tagen Tyler von Tagen ... Young Richard Stoker
Thomas A. Covert ... Young Charles Stoker (as Thomas Covert)
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Storyline

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father's death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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La inocencia termina aquí (Innocence ends here) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lazos perversos See more »

Filming Locations:

Smyrna, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,547, 3 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,702,277, 5 May 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,356,992, 9 May 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is director Chan-wook Park's first English-language film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 hour 20 mins) When the sheriff is leaving the house, India and Charles say, "Goodbye Sheriff," and India's hair changes from neat to disheveled between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
India Stoker: My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I'm not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father's belt tied around my mother's blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come ...
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The credits scroll from top to bottom of the screen, rather than bottom to top, like in most scrolling end credits. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Piano Lessons
Written and Performed by Ted Caplan
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Blood ties explored in a poignant and disturbing manner; striking; beautiful
6 February 2013 | by morganstrkSee all my reviews

I was privileged enough to view this film at the annual Sundance Film Festival and I must say it was well worth the time and wait. The cast itself includes some incredibly talented and experienced names, yet it is India (Wasikowska) and her raptor-like awareness, that truly sets the tone for the film when drawing upon the mystery and oddity of supporting characters who sink deeper into their roles like fangs in flesh as the film clicks along.

The script itself could be rewritten with more depth and attention to the emotional wealth and strange sway of the characters, for all of them are skilled enough to operate powerfully under the shroud of mystery director Park Chan-Wook erects so flawlessly, yet the film could be much improved in tragic and horrifying value through a more tailored script.

Editing must also be noted, for Chan-Wook's is very engaging in that it utilizes the temporal frequency to link certain events, building upon India's character and the internal struggles of those who surround her, as well as the realization of her uncanny ability to cope with the revelations that come about and fit so frighteningly together.

The audience comes to realize that some mysteries are exclusive only to those who are bound to travel the same blood trail that links generations in infinite conclusion and everlasting despair and a terrible longing and love can be as exclusive in it's own forbidden and lonely way.

The soundtrack is pleasantly surprising and fitting, with a piece from Clint Mansell (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and the debut of Emily Wells's "Becomes the Color", which serves to chart India's multifaceted transformation. I strongly recommend this film and highly praise actors Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, and Dermot Mulroney, who all contribute to the initial and lasting allure.


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