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Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 2012 (France)
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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Joby Taylor
Peter Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
William Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
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Fred Butler
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Claire Taylor
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Mr. Hamilton
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Cindy
Ronald Walter Mandigo ...
Claire Taylor's Fiancé / Bowling Alley Extra
Mara Pelifian ...
Mrs. Butler
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Ellen Taylor
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Mike Almond ...
Bar Extra (as Michael Almond)
Gabrielle Bergeron ...
Bar Extra
Bonnie Lucia ...
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Robert Jordan ...
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Joby Taylor, having risked home and family in pursuit of the roll-and-roll dream, finds himself being asked to surrender all rights of paternity to his six-year-old daughter Ellen in a divorce settlement. With much at stake at this late stage, is it too late for him to start being a father? That's the question as he approaches a deadline decision to either surrender or fight. Written by statmanjeff

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$6,000 (USA) (9 September 2012)

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$7,282 (USA) (9 September 2012)
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So Yong Kim's previous films, In Between Days (2006) and Na-moo-eobs-neun san (2008), both dealt with the repercussions of having absentee fathers. Here, she tackles a similar subject but this time from the point of view of the absentee father himself. See more »

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Joby Taylor: I thought that w-we're splitting everything. I get half the house. I get half the kid. Uh...
Fred Butler: No, um... I mean, I thought... I thought you knew that that was a condition for the... for the fifty/fifty settlement on the house. You know, in return, you must give up legal custody of Ellen as...
Joby Taylor: No.
Fred Butler: ...as her biological father.
Joby Taylor: No. No, that's not what I thought it said in the document at all. The-the-the settlement is about getting my share of that house she's living in, which I legally own half of.
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Number of the Beauty
Written by Jason Diamond, Josh Diamond, John Bongiorno and Jim Starace
As performed by Puny Human
From the album 'Universal Freakout' on Smallstone Records
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Rather static and arid, but above average thanks to Dano's performance
20 October 2013 | by (Estonia/Tallinn) – See all my reviews

Paul Dano is one of my favorite younger character actors and I have decided to watch all movies with his presence - luckily, it is not impossible as he is selective in taking roles... I like his versatility as well as courage to accept roles not arousing compassion or expanding fame.

Joby Taylor is a de facto loser with personal and self-assertion issues without any ideas how to solve the status quo, thus, the pace is slow (often protracted) and events depicted are trivial, amplified by gloomy winter weather and interiors. Dano is constantly on screen, often alone, so the script is more suitable for a stage. Topics like children custody and personal coping are touchy, but it is still not enough for even an independent movie. As for the ending, I got ambivalent feelings as well.

To sum up, not bad ideas and splendid starring, but too bleary and daily grind.


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