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Blue Jay (2016)

Unrated | | Drama | 11 October 2016 (USA)
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Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past.

Director:

Alex Lehmann

Writer:

Mark Duplass
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mark Duplass ... Jim
Sarah Paulson ... Amanda
Clu Gulager ... Waynie
James Andrews James Andrews ... Background
Harris Benbury Harris Benbury ... Background
Daniel Brooks Daniel Brooks ... Background
Mary Brooks Mary Brooks ... Background
Bill Greer Bill Greer ... Background
Cindy Greer Cindy Greer ... Background
Ana Iovine Ana Iovine ... Background
Leo Munoz Leo Munoz ... Background
Loretta Munoz Loretta Munoz ... Background
Brady Rice Brady Rice ... Background
Karen Rice Karen Rice ... Background
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Storyline

Beginning - At first they seem very, awkward and of course they have nothing to say to each other, it's been years. They go out to get some coffee and they bond for a while, you start to see their friendship, Amanda seems reserved whilst Jim seems more forward and more talkative. It just happens that they both left their hometown, sort of symbolizes their fear of having to confront their past for years to come. But they both come back and happen to run into each other, just coincidental. Written by Isabel Aghahowa

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

TIFF

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,159, 9 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,159, 9 October 2016
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Trivia

There was no script. The actors were given a summary of the movie and their characters and the rest was improvization. See more »

Quotes

Amanda: It's almost like I don't know who that person was on the tape
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Soundtracks

Jim Cain
Written by Bill Callahan (as William Rahr Callahan)
Performed by Bill Callahan
Courtesy of Drag City
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The movie everyone strives to make
13 September 2016 | by wxgirl55See all my reviews

I love this film. It's perfect. I would not change a thing.

It's the gem I always hope to discover when I go to TIFF, and it's ironic that the large costly studio films seen earlier in the week fell flat… and here's this little two-character indie film shot in just 7 days… and it blows the heavyweights out of the water.

Sarah Paulson is at the top of her game. She should be nominated and win many awards for her portrayal of Amanda. Yes, she is that good.

The direction, acting, cinematography, editing, script, music... all coalesce to create this perfect little gem. It is bliss to watch and experience.

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Jim is back in his childhood home sorting through family belongings after this mother's death.

Amanda is back in town to visit with her sister who's expecting a baby.

Jim and Amanda run into each other at the local grocery store and have a difficult and awkward time acknowledging each other's presence. What is making them so uncomfortable? Grab your popcorn and watch their story unfold.

That's it. That's all I'm saying about the film's story line. The less you know, the sweeter the experience of finding out about these two. But I fell in love with both of them.


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