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The Discovery ()


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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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Thomas
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Interviewer
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Sound Recordist
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Will
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Isla
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Toby
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Cooper
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Lacey
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Coroner
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Janice (as MJ Karmi)
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Hospital Receptionist
Willie C. Carpenter ...
Hospital Janitor (as Willie Carpenter)
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Mom
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Oliver (as Adam Morrison Khaykin)
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Lindsay Schnebly ...
Newscaster
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Green Jumpsuit Person (uncredited)
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Pat Phillips (uncredited)
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Man in Red 1 (uncredited)
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Dead Body (uncredited)
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Compound Resident (uncredited)
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Woman in Red (uncredited)
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Compound Resident in Blue (uncredited)
Jed Griswold ...
Man in Blue (uncredited)
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Compound Man In Blue (uncredited)
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Compound Resident (uncredited)
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Compound resident (uncredited)
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Compound Woman (uncredited)
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Compound Resident in Red (uncredited)
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Man in Red Jumpsuit Wearing the Device (uncredited)
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Marvin (uncredited)
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Man in green (uncredited)
Rickland Powell ...
Electrician (uncredited)
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Compound Resident Blue Jumpsuit (uncredited)
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Compound Person (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charlie McDowell

Written by

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Charlie McDowell ... (written by) &
Justin Lader ... (written by)

Produced by

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Dave Bishop ... co-executive producer
Ian Bricke ... executive producer
Tomas Deckaj ... associate producer
Julie Goldstein ... executive producer
Mike Goodridge ... executive producer
Hunter Gray ... executive producer
Erika Hampson ... co-producer
Matt Levin ... executive producer
Alex Orlovsky ... producer
Lucas Smith ... executive producer
James D. Stern ... producer
Dimitra Tsingou ... executive producer
Eddie Vaisman ... executive producer

Music by

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Danny Bensi
Saunder Jurriaans

Cinematography by

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Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Film Editing by

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Jennifer Lilly

Editorial Department

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Alex Bickel ... digital intermediate colorist
Isabel Cafaro-Anderson ... Digital Intermediate Producer
Nick Ellsberg ... assistant editor
Lucie Elwes ... post-production assistant
Zac Gobetz ... conform editor
Sean Perry ... on-line editor

Casting By

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Courtney Bright
Nicole Daniels
Anne Mulhall

Production Design by

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Akin McKenzie

Set Decoration by

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Danica Chipman

Costume Design by

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Keri Langerman

Makeup Department

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Brenda McNally ... hair department head
Shayna Passaretti ... key hair stylist
Trish Seeney ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Jean Lane ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Emma Barber ... second second assistant director
Scott Bowers ... second assistant director
Tomas Deckaj ... first assistant director
David Fischer ... key second assistant director

Art Department

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Shadya H. Ballug ... set dresser
Justin Bliss ... assistant property master
Carrie Capizzano ... charge scenic artist
Stefan Couture ... set dresser
Chris Fagan ... set designer
Jason Mayoh ... art department coordinator / concept illustrator / graphic design
Luisa Piña ... art production assistant
Peter Rippe ... construction foreman
David Rotondo ... construction coordinator
John Ryder ... on set dresser
Hilary Taillie ... property master
Shann Whynot-Young ... leadman

Sound Department

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Kelly Doran ... boom operator
Ken Eros ... ADR Recordist
Mark Filip ... foley editor
Jason Fyrberg ... sound mixer
Cory Melious ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Matt Snedecor ... sound effects editor
Kathie Talbot ... sound designer: trailer
Stefano Campello ... technical assistant (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jared Hartley ... special effects foreman
Scott Petrino ... special effects technician
John Ruggieri ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Lynzi Grant ... visual effects head of production / visual effects producer
Lauren Orban ... visual effects producer
Vico Sharabani ... visual effects supervisor
Matt Stroub ... visual effects artist
Deborah Sullivan ... visual effects executive producer
Aaron Wei ... compositor
Asaf Yeger ... visual effects supervisor
Louis Cox ... vfx production coordinator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Paul Marini ... stunt coordinator
John Vincent Mason ... stunts
Mark E. Phillips ... stunt safety diver
Tracey Ruggiero ... stunt double: Rooney Mara
Ryan Shibley ... stunt double: jason segel

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nolan Ball ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Woody Bell ... key grip
Jason Bowen ... best boy electric
Peter Boynton ... lighting technician
Robert Clark ... electrician
Jennifer Evans ... A dolly grip
Jesse Goldberg ... gaffer
Julia Liu ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
John F. McCarthy ... loader
Brandon J. Meadows ... electrician
Seacia Pavao ... still photographer
David C. Romano ... key grip 2nd unit
Chuck Rudolph ... lighting technician
Steve Sherrick ... digital imaging technician
Richelle Topping ... utility
Bill Trautvetter ... 2nd unit director of photography

Casting Department

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Dann Fink ... adr voice casting
Susanne Scheel ... casting: ny

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sheila Grover ... costume supervisor
Margaret Palmer ... key set costumer
Sarah Hill Richmond ... tailor
Gianna Soprano ... set costumer
Michelle Winters ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Douglas Armitage ... assistant location manager
Alex Berard ... location manager
Peter Gonzalez ... location scout
Casey Regan ... location intern

Music Department

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Doug Bernheim ... music supervisor
Shari Johanson ... music editor
Phil McGowan ... score mixer
James Newberry ... assistant composer

Transportation Department

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James Harkerss ... transportation captain
Scott Mundy ... driver

Other crew

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Noor Ahmed ... production legal
Tom Anas ... production assistant
Karen Bove ... Assistant to James D. Stern
Laura Calcagni ... assistant production coordinator
Mariarosa Calderon ... production accountant
Alex Cash ... photo double: Robert Redford
Lucie Elwes ... assistant to the director
Rosie Fine ... production secretary
Ami Francis ... completion bond: Film Finances (as Ami Francis)
Sue Gearan ... Miscellaneous Crew
Karen Gehres ... epk producer
Julia Glausi ... assistant to executive producer: Lucas Smith
Kristy Maurer Grisham ... development executive: Endgame Entertainment
Tina Haveles ... office production assistant
Arthur Hiou ... photo double: jason segel
Kyle Izzo ... staff production assistant
Blake Leifer ... stand-in for Jesse Plemons
Liz Loo ... production intern (as Elizabeth Loo)
Ally Looney ... stand-in: Riley Keough
Zairi Malcolm ... script supervisor
Meredith Nunnikhoven ... production coordinator
Michal Ofek ... assistant business and legal affairs
Kylie Paul ... production assistant
Victor A. Pineda ... payroll accountant
Rickland Powell ... utility stand-in
Nicholas Rexford ... key production assistant
Tony Scelsi ... staff production assistant
Tallyn Scioli ... accounting clerk
Im-Sun Song ... production assistant
Sally Winters ... adr loop group
Huma Khan ... netflix legal counsel (uncredited)

Thanks

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Steven Feinberg ... grateful acknowledgment
Erin Simms ... very special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • A Descoberta (Portugal)
  • Открытие (Russia)
  • Odkrycie (Poland)
  • A Descoberta (Brazil)
  • La scoperta (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Charlie McDowell directs his girlfriend Rooney Mara and his mother Mary Steenburgen in this film. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Jason Segel/Lilly Singh/Brian Regan (2017). See more »
Soundtracks A Fancy Place to Cry See more »
Quotes Isla: Sometimes I feel like I'm taking someone else's spot and then I feel sad. How do you mean? Like, being here alive is a waste because... I don't enjoy it, I'm not happy or grateful... and I'm taking a spot away from someone who maybe would've gotten something more out of it.
Will: Yeah. I guess I don't think it works that way.
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