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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

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J.C. Lee (play), J.C. Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Naomi Watts and Tim Roth Reunite For the Drama 'Luce'

At Sundance 2019, the Funny Games co-stars detail coming together again in Luce as a married couple reckoning with their idealized image of their adopted son from war-torn Eritrea.

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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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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

Genres:

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:

$1,853,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,853,181
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kelvin Harrison Jr. actually wrote a paper on Frantz Fanon as part of his research for the role; Octavia Spencer then graded it, and that paper is the one seen onscreen. 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 »

Soundtracks

Uri Fire
Performed by Espacio Dios
Written by Masego Fora Makganyoha and Lesedi Denzel Molefe
Published by Gold Tea Productions LLC
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A low stakes drama
12 September 2019 | by jlambright1See all my reviews

There are several emotional scenes that were convincing and the actors mostly, perform quite well. However, I don't think this film is necessary viewing and I'd categorize it as a minor effort.


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