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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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A vulnerable teenager with a deep perception of the world and no idea how to live in it.

Director:

Roberto Faenza

Writers:

Peter Cameron (based on the novel by), Roberto Faenza | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Regbo ... James Sveck
Marcia Gay Harden ... Marjorie Dunfour
Peter Gallagher ... Paul Sveck
Lucy Liu ... Rowena
Stephen Lang ... Barry Rogers
Deborah Ann Woll ... Gillian Sveck
Ellen Burstyn ... Nanette
Aubrey Plaza ... Jeanine Breemer
Gilbert Owuor ... John Webster
Dree Hemingway ... Rhonda
Olek Krupa ... Henryk Maria
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Mrs. Breemer (as Siobhan Fallon)
Brooke Schlosser Brooke Schlosser ... Sue Kenney
Kyle Coffman Kyle Coffman ... Dakin
Jonny Weston ... Thom
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Storyline

James Sveck is a lonely youth in the summer before he goes off to college at Brown University. Apart from hanging with his grandmother, James prefers solitude. The story is told in first person narration, which helps give an intimate inside view of James as he works through his life at the therapy sessions which his parents insist he goes to. We learn about James's past and present through the stories he tells. Written by nico paholo paholo / edited by statmanjeff

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Du wirst schon noch sehen, wozu es gut ist See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Prestige Film Awards: 2012 Gold Award Winner, Feature Film. 2012 Gold Award Winner, Lead Actor, Toby Regbo playing James Sveck. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Sveck: I wish the whole day was like breakfast, when people are still connected to their dreams, focused inward and... and not yet ready to engage with the world. If it was always breakfast, I would be fine.
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References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

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Blue City
Written by Paul Bosko and Jill Bosko
Performed by Paul Bosko
Special "Someday version" re-edited by John Creamer
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They are NOT therapy sessions....grrrrr.
12 July 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Before I get to what I think about "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You", I have gotta point out something that really irritates me. In the IMDb summary, it talks about 'James as he works through his life at the therapy sessions'. These are NOT therapy sessions and as a trained psychotherapist, it irritates me when untrained folks do what they call 'therapy'. A life coach is NOT a therapist. Now I am not against life coaches--if you want one, fine. But in this movie a seriously depressed and suicidal young man goes to a life coach instead of seeking appropriate mental health treatment--and the life coach was WAY over her head and very unprofessional for ignoring this. Badly written and a bit irresponsible if you ask me.

As for the movie itself, this film reminds me of a couple other Marcia Gay Harden films I've seen lately--wonderfully acted yet with a script that seems incomplete or at least in need of a re-write. Now this does NOT mean I didn't like the film--it was worth it overall--even with its flaws (such as an ill-defined plot and an ending that seemed ridiculously simplistic). The acting and characters were that good. In particular, Toby Regbo (who is credited very low in the cast even though he's CLEARLY the lead) did a great job with the part he was given. Interesting and involving but the parts don't exactly work together to form a pleasing whole. See the film and see what you think.


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