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The Discovery (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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Two years after the afterlife is scientifically proven, a man attempts to help a young woman break away from her dark past.


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Credited cast:
... Thomas
... Interviewer
... Sound Recordist
... Will
... Isla
... Toby
... Cooper
... Lacey
... Coroner
... Janice (as MJ Karmi)
... Hospital Receptionist
... Hospital Janitor (as Willie Carpenter)
... Mom
... Oliver (as Adam Morrison Khaykin)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lindsay Schnebly ... Newscaster


Writer-director Charlie McDowell returns to Sundance this year with a thriller about a scientist (played by Robert Redford) who uncovers scientific proof that there is indeed an afterlife. His son is portrayed by Jason Segel, who's not too sure about his father's "discovery", and Rooney Mara plays a mystery woman who has her own reasons for wanting to find out more about the afterlife. Written by Barry Brown, Park City, UT

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31 March 2017 (USA)  »

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A Descoberta  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Parts of it were filmed in Middletown, Rhode Island. See more »


Will rules out the possibility of the image retrieved from a corpse being a memory of the deceased person, on the grounds that it does not match the events that took place in real life. Science has discovered, however, that memory is in fact not an accurate record of what one perceives but rather a distorted and malleable one, and Will, being a neurologist, must have been aware of this. See more »


[first lines]
Interviewer: Dr. Harber, before we're live, I just wanted to say thank you for choosing me.
Thomas: [warming up his voice] Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Interviewer: The rich history you have with other journalists...
Thomas: I chose you precisely because we don't have a history. Now, don't fuck it up.
Producer: Fifteen seconds...
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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.124 (2017) See more »


Cantata BWV 52 (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen) - Recitative
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Tele-Luxembourg
Courtesy of Forlane
Under License from 5 Alarm Music
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A solemn exploration of life and death.
2 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Wow, this is a really cool, thoughtful and moving film. The kind of drama that really justifies film making because it explores the meaning and beauty of life in way that is emotive and intelligent.

The story is believable and intriguing and draws you into it's subtle mystery so that you really feel for the experiences that the characters themselves are having and their justifiable desire to unravel the mystery.

The pace of the drama is just right and never boring and there are numerous moments, that while not being comedic, make you smile or want to chuckle. But this film also deals with some really serious subjects in a mature and compassionate way. Overall it's a really beautiful and life affirming movie.

Highly recommended! :-)

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