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The Looking Glass (2015)

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Troubled 13-year-old Julie loses her mother and must go to Indiana to live with her grandmother Karen. A former star of stage and screen, Karen has the early stages of Alzheimer's and wants... See full summary »


John D. Hancock
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Credited cast:
Dorothy Tristan ... Karen
Elizabeth Stenholt ... Mallory
Trish Basinger ... ER Nurse - Gracie
Jeff Puckett Jeff Puckett ... Terry
Mary Norwood ... Audience member
Grace Tarnow Grace Tarnow ... Julie
Harry Musselwhite ... The White Queen
Alex Ludwig ... Boy on beach
Dallas Tolentino Dallas Tolentino ... Mad Hatter
Anthony Panzica Anthony Panzica ... Arthur
Jace Casey ... Cheshire Cat
Faith Marie ... Sybil
Griffin Carlson Griffin Carlson ... Anthony
Tim Tobin Tim Tobin ... The red queen / Auditionee
Cian Deegan Cian Deegan ... Harvey


Troubled 13-year-old Julie loses her mother and must go to Indiana to live with her grandmother Karen. A former star of stage and screen, Karen has the early stages of Alzheimer's and wants to pass on all she knows to her granddaughter before it's too late. Will their troubled relationship allow this to happen? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swan Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Three Oaks, Michigan, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$107, 25 October 2015

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Filmacres See more »
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Dorothy Tristan broke her hip 6 months before production was scheduled to begin, and had gall bladder surgery closer to the start of filming. But production went ahead. See more »


Indiana Rose
Music and lyrics by Alan Barcus
Performed by Orville Stoeber
Published by Old Harris Music: ASCAP
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Touching Indie
21 July 2017 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Yes, this film, which I found at my local library, covers all the indie bases and can get a little melodramatic, but overall I found it to be a touching and heartfelt drama. I would guess you'll need a couple of hankies nearby as the movie reaches its finale.

Two terrific performances here by the two leads, Dorothy Tristan (who also wrote the screenplay), and newcomer Grace Tarnow. Tarnow portrays the emotionally fragile 13-year-old Julie, who after her mother died and her inability to get along with her father and new stepmother, will travel from Pittsburgh to a small town in Indiana to stay with her grandmother.

Tristan plays the headstrong grandmother Karen, who's a former film star. This coming-of-age tale will center on the relationship between the two, which gets off to a very rocky start, but, in time, they will find a mutual linchpin in their talent and artistry which will help cement their ties.

I read that this is Tristan's first film in about 30 years, and that the director John D.Hancock (who is Tristan's real-life husband) is also bringing this film to the screen after a hiatus of more than a decade.

No one is saying this is a perfect movie, but I found much to like here and can certainly recommend it to those that like these types of indies. By the way, the film gets its title from a local theater production of "Through the Looking Glass", in which Julie auditions for the lead role, and where I found the stage presentation of the play to be highly impressive.

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