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Lovely by Surprise (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 June 2007 (USA)
A truly unique and visually stunning take on meta-fiction, Lovely By Surprise follows the journey of novelist Marian Walker as she attempts to finish her first novel.

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Kirt Gunn

Writer:

Kirt Gunn
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carrie Preston ... Marian
Michael Chernus ... Humkin
Austin Pendleton ... Jackson
Dallas Roberts ... Mopekey
Reg Rogers ... Bob
Kate Burton ... Helen
Richard Masur ... Dave
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Crothswait Jimmy Crothswait ... Milkman
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Customer #2
Boyd Gaines ... Customer #1
Ron Gephart ... Car Salesman
Angel Gunn Angel Gunn ... Mimi's Teacher
Jonathon Lamer ... Car Salesman
Lena Lamer ... Mimi
Donald Meyers Donald Meyers ... Customer in Car
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A truly unique and visually stunning take on meta-fiction, Lovely By Surprise follows the journey of novelist Marian Walker as she attempts to finish her first novel.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Austin Pendleton was offered the role of Bob but asked to audition for Jackson after Frank Langella turned it down. See more »

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[first lines]
Marian: Hey, I was writing this thing, and I believe in it. It can be good.
Jackson: Of course.
Marian: And I just couldn't get over the hugeness of writing a novel. I mean, the enormity of it. And I didn't feel this way until I got to this hard moment in the book. And now I can't seem to recover it. I keep shutting down when I try to write. It's scary.
Jackson: That's not a new problem for writers, of course, you know.
Marian: But it passes, and books are written, and life resumes again. Right?
Jackson: Only if you write.
Marian: Sounds ...
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My favorite film at the Seattle International Film Festival
18 June 2007 | by joeshapiroSee all my reviews

This film drew me in with its quirky, interesting characters and kept me engaged wondering what was going to happen to them and how the stories would fit together. The ending is a bit tricky for some but I promise it makes sense if you think about it. It feels like a true indie to me - and I've made several. After the showing I talked to the editor and again felt the "indieness" of the film and that their hearts are in the right place. No shameless attempt at commercial exploitation by trying to fake an indie feel. I do hope they refine the ending a bit to make it more accessible to people as its sad that many people won't "get it" and will go away not understanding what happened in the end. But definitely worth seeing and thinking about.


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