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From Above (2013)

Chasing Shakespeare (original title)
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Two souls are so deeply in love with one another that they are entangled beyond life itself.

Director:

Norry Niven

Writer:

James Bird
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... William Ward
Graham Greene ... Mr. Mountain
Chelsea Ricketts ... Venus
Mike Wade ... Young William Ward
Ashley Bell ... Molly
Tantoo Cardinal ... Older Venus
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Jeremiah Ward
Adriana Mather ... Betty
Justin Alston ... Ricky
Clayton Rohner ... Mr. Shelton
Ezequiel Stremiz ... Luca
Maria Arita Maria Arita ... Cecelia
Darryl Cox ... Doctor
Aileen Davila ... Venus (10 Years Old)
Chamblee Ferguson ... Mr. Bell
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Storyline

The beginning and end of the relationship between the physical beings of William Ward, a black man, and Venus Ward née Redhawk, a Native American, is presented. The end is marked by Venus' passing, about which William makes no medical intervention based on Venus' wishes. This lack of action places a strain between William and Venus' young adult son, Ricky, and William. In the aftermath, William displays some behavior which Ricky finds unusual, William stating it all having to do with Venus, making Ricky believe that William is becoming unhinged in denying his mother's death. These actions, all based on William indeed searching for Venus - his "Juliet" - become all the more clear as the beginning of their relationship is presented starting in the early 1970s. They initially meet during an audition as Juliet in a fundraising production of Romeo and Juliet, with Venus, who deeply feels and truly does understand the works of William Shakespeare, trying to break the color barrier in acting... Written by Huggo

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A love story for the ages...an inspiring tale for everyone.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

From Above See more »

Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Venus: You can never keep lightning from where it wants to go.
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Beautiful!
6 March 2013 | by mather-sandraSee all my reviews

This movie is very romantic and beautifully filmed. Adriana Mather is stunning as Betty. I wish we could see her in an expanded role. James Bird is an exceptional screen writer. Norry Niven did an excellent job with the directing and production. This is also true of Anya Remizova. Danny Glover is talented, as usual. Tantoo Cardinal is beautiful. Overall, this is a heart-wrenching love story that has it all. It exposes the state of race relations in this country without actually focusing too strongly on this. It exposes the cultural 'myth' of meritocracy. It is up-lifting and leaves the viewer with hope for the future. This movie compares to "The Notebook" in terms of its general mood. The inclusion of Shakespeare lends an air of sophistication to the film.


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