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Song One (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 22 January 2015 (Israel)
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A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician.
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Credited cast:
Anne Hathaway ... Franny
Mary Steenburgen ... Karen
Sarah Steele ... iPod autograph girl
Johnny Flynn ... James Forester
Lola Kirke ... Rema
Sharon Van Etten ... Herself
Li Jun Li ... James Forester's Journalist
Peter Francis James ... Neurosurgeon
Kitty Crystal ... James' Friend (as Crystal Lonneberg)
Gideon Glick ... Everett
Ben Rosenfield ... Henry
Shawn Parsons ... Roadie
Grace Rex ... Bride
Al Thompson ... Andy
Emily McKinley Hill ... Henry's Friend


Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn's music scene, Franny and James develop an unexpected relationship and face the realities of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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A Moment Can Change Everything


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 2015 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Uma Vida See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,200, 23 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,250, 1 February 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


In the scene where Franny's mom, Karen, is reminiscing of her years in Paris, she talks about being an Arkansas girl in Paris. Karen is played by Mary Steenburgen, who is a Newport, Arkansas native. See more »


Franny: You know when you have a feeling that you don't want to fade away, but you don't really know how to keep it?
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Grand Bazaar
Written by Emir Isilay
Performed by Emir Isilay
Courtesy of One Over Three Music and Michael J. Mallen Songs
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Such a bore
21 May 2015 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a woman whose musician brother got hit by a car and became comatose. In the process of grieving, she becomes more than friends with the brother's favourite singer.

The Chinese title of this film in Hong Kong is "New York Love Chords", so I would be excused to think it's a romantic comedy involving music. The film turns or to be a sombre offering, with Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn saying sorry for each other on numerous occasions. The pace is slow, and nothing happens in the film. Anne Hathaway is quite good in the film, but I'm quite surprised by Johnny Flynn's portrayal of a very shy, bordering on socially awkward musician. Not only does his character appear lacking in confidence, he could not even hold eye contact with the person he's talking to. I can't believe he's the same charismatic guy in "Clouds of Sils Maria" that I watched just two days ago.

"Song One" turns out to be a great bore. I wish I didn't bother watching it.

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