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Luce (2019)

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A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

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Julius Onah

Writers:

J.C. Lee (play), J.C. Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Amy Edgar
Octavia Spencer ... Harriet Wilson
Tim Roth ... Peter Edgar
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Luce Edgar
Norbert Leo Butz ... Dan Towson
Andrea Bang ... Stephanie Kim
Marsha Stephanie Blake ... Rosemary Wilson
Omar Shariff Brunson Jr. ... Corey Johnson (as Omar Brunson)
Noah Gaynor ... Kenny Orlicki
Astro ... DeShaun Meeks
Christopher Mann ... Coach Reeves
Hannah Cabell ... Lena Tennyson
Colton Osorio ... Latino Boy
Ian Unterman ... Other Man
Souleymane Sy Savane ... West African Man
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Storyline

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

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The Truth Has Many Faces

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2019 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Luce See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$132,987, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$2,010,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,081,096
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is purposefully no red or warm tones used in the film's costume design See more »

Goofs

When Luce goes for a run he takes his shirt off and throws it on top of a box in his closet top left. When he returns from his run and his mom is in his room, the shirt is gone. See more »

Quotes

Luce Edgar: When I first met my mother, she couldn't pronounce my name. My father suggested that they rename me. They picked Luce, which means light.
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Soundtracks

Origami Tiger
Written by Kate Miner
Performed by Briana Lane and Kate Miner aka Winslow
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Familiar yet different, in a good way
29 October 2019 | by garymathe-76173See all my reviews

The main premise has been done by other films before, but rarely this well. It helps that the main actors are absolutely amazing. I'd expect nothing less from Watts, Roth or Spencer, but here we also witness the rise to prominence of Harrison, and for that alone this movie is well worth watching. It definitely bites off a lot: it's a psychological thriller, commentary on race, sex, authority, parenting, mental illness, identity, among other things. Amazingly, it works pretty well, and leaves you a bit torn at the end, which will leave some viewers confused or dissatisfied, but I liked it. No cookie cutter stuff here.


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