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Serena (2014)

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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

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Rachel Hermann
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Vaughn
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Doctor Chaney
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Agatha
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Horace Kephart
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Boston bank manager (as Christian Mckay)
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Calhoun (as Philip Zanden)
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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

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Some loves can never let you go.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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26 February 2015 (USA)  »

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The Falling  »

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Box Office

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,090, 29 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$176,305, 10 May 2015
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2.35 : 1
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According to the director, the post-production of the film was complicated by the need for dialogue dubbing due to airplane noise during the shoot in Prague. Jennifer Lawrence was unable to show up for dubbing sessions. The producers of Serena tried to buy Lawrence out of filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) for one day, but that proved to be more expensive than the budget of Serena itself. See more »

Goofs

On two occasions there are "Zippo" lighters shown and used. The movie takes place in 1929. The "Zippo" company was not founded until 1932 (per their website). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pemberton: Hell, that dog's bigger than that. I thought you said there were panthers here.
Galloway: I ain't seen a panther in these mountains for nine years.
Pemberton: What about the carcass we found up in Noland? Something mauled that.
Galloway: That weren't no panther. Chest weren't torn open. They eat the heart first.
Pemberton: You find me an honest-to-God panther to hunt, and I'll give you a $20 gold piece.
Galloway: If there's a panther still around here it's likely touched by the devil. They end up hunting you.
Pemberton: Well, I want one.
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Connections

Featured in Projector: Serena/Love, Rosie (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Could be more focused
9 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a timber tycoon in a rural place, whose life drastically changes after marrying a girl who lost her family to a devastating fire when she was twelve.

I watched "Serena" at once after getting my hands on it. The pairing of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence could not be wrong, I thought. The plot is all about Serena, and is roughly in three parts, thee first showing Jennifer Lawrence in a confident mode, the second showing her in distress and the third showing her in callousness. Jennifer Lawrence does well to portray these qualities, but the main problem is that she's too young and beautiful to be in such a role. Think Nicole Kidman in "Cold Mountain".

On the other hand, Bradley Cooper is believable as a tycoon. Lighting effects are great as well. Story telling could be more focused though, as there are scenes which don't lead to anywhere, such as the scene where there's an accident involving someone slipping next to a tree. Overall, I think "Serena" is an OK film but it isn't as thrilling or engaging as it could be.


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