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Scenes from the Suburbs (2011)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Music | March 2011 (USA)
A resident of a suburban dystopia tries to reassemble his fragmented memories of life as a teen.

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Spike Jonze
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Dillon ... Kyle
Paul Pluymen Paul Pluymen ... Winter
Zoe Graham ... Zoe
Ashlin Williamson Ashlin Williamson ... Paulo
Zeke Jarmon Zeke Jarmon ... Zeke
Win Butler ... Crossvine Cop 1, Soldier 2
Sarah Neufeld Sarah Neufeld ... Crossvine Cop 2
Sienna Blaw Sienna Blaw ... Sienna
Richard Reed Parry Richard Reed Parry ... Kyle's boss
Daidy Hurst Daidy Hurst ... Baby
Zoe Honeybloom Zoe Honeybloom ... Baby
Shannon Honeybloom Shannon Honeybloom ... Vicky
Will Buchanan Will Buchanan ... Border Cop, Soldier 3 (as William Buchanan)
Justin Arnold ... Terrance
Régine Chassagne Régine Chassagne ... Suburban mom / Mrs. Mochapaldi
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Storyline

Directed by Spike Jonze, Scenes from the Suburbs is a half-hour short film inspired by Arcade Fire's Grammy(r) award-winning album The Suburbs. Hailed as "absolutely f--king gorgeous" by INDIEWIRE at its U.S. premiere at 2011's SXSW festival, this collaborative effort between Spike and the band is a part of Arcade Fire's The Suburbs Deluxe release. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama | Music

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сцены из пригорода See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Crossvine Cop, Soldier: What are you kids up to?
Kyle: Nothing. Just a little up dog.
Crossvine Cop, Soldier: What's up dog?
Kyle: Nothing much. You?
[laughs]
Crossvine Cop, Soldier: You're under arrest. Take it easy.
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References El Mariachi (1992) See more »

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Nostalgic
25 September 2013 | by Caleb00See all my reviews

This film reminds me of my childhood growing up in the suburbs, and the music is from one of my favorite albums. I think both of these qualities are required to get anything out of this picture.

The images of the houses rolling by, airplanes overhead, and neighborhood kids playing made-up games under an overpass evoke memories of simpler times. This is the theme of both the album and the film: the loss of purity. It's a nostalgia film.

It is a genuinely different movie. For those of us somewhat jaded by the Hollywood-franchising-machine, this may be the refreshing respite you were looking for.

The deeper subtext of the character's relationships gets lost beneath the fantasy concept. But its short length is its greatest strength. It says what it wants to and rolls the credits. But even then, if you do not care about the album it is based on, it would do you no good to watch this movie.


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