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Dark Places (2015)

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Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Gilles Paquet-Brenner (written for the screen by), Gillian Flynn (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Libby Day
Sterling Jerins ... Young Libby Day
Nicholas Hoult ... Lyle Wirth
Christina Hendricks ... Patty Day
Corey Stoll ... Ben Day
Tye Sheridan ... Young Ben Day
Andrea Roth ... Diondra
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Young Diondra
Sean Bridgers ... Runner Day
J. LaRose ... Trey Teepano (as J LaRose)
Shannon Kook ... Young Trey Teepano
Jennifer Pierce Mathus ... Diane
Natalie Precht ... Michelle Day
Madison McGuire ... Debby Day
Lori Z. Cordova ... Magda
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Storyline

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In 1985, her entire family was murdered. 30 years later, the truth emerges.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lugares oscuros See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$208,588, 31 December 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,090,852, 14 December 2016
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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2.35 : 1
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Released in the U.S. on Charlize Theron's 40th birthday. See more »

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If Diondra was pregnant in 1985, her and Ben's "secret love child" should be at least 27 years old, since it is 28 years later in the film. She only looks about 16 -20 years old. See more »

Quotes

Libby Day: I am not angry or sad or happy to see you. I could not give a shit. You don't even ripple.
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Featured in Dark Places: About the Author: Gillian Flynn (2015) See more »

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Never Came Close
Written by Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones
Performed by Belong
Courtesy of Kranky, Ltd.
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Lifeless and Emotionless Drama about Destroyed Lives
19 February 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Libby Day (Charlize Theron) is a lifeless woman that survived a massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight that has been living from donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was the responsible of the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben (Corey Stoll) was convicted with her testimony in court. On the present days, her acquaintance Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult) invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth.

"Dark Places" is a lifeless and emotionless drama about destroyed lives. The story is very dark and the cast is excellent. However, the screenplay that entwines present and past could have been much better and the direction misses the opportunity to make a powerful drama. Charlize Theron performs a totally unpleasant character, cynical, lazy and greedy. The conclusion does not bring any emotion to the viewer. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Lugares Escuros" ("Dark Places")


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