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Reservation Road (2007)

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The lives of two families change forever after a fatal tragedy takes place on Reservation Road.

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Terry George

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John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay), Terry George (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Ethan Learner
Elle Fanning ... Emma
Jennifer Connelly ... Grace Learner
Sean Curley ... Josh
Samuel Ryan Finn Samuel Ryan Finn ... Cello Player
Eddie Alderson ... Lucas
Mark Ruffalo ... Dwight Arno
Susan Powell Susan Powell ... Elegant Parent
Cordell Clyde Cordell Clyde ... Jimmy McBride (as Cordell Clyde Lochin)
Antoni Corone ... Sergeant Burke
Kevin Herbst Kevin Herbst ... Driving Trooper
Mira Sorvino ... Ruth Wheldon
Gary Kohn ... Norris Wheldon
John Slattery ... Steve Cutter
Nora Ferrari Nora Ferrari ... Nora Fannelli
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Storyline

On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello - beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever. On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno and his 11-year-old son Lucas are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing - and, hopefully, heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon, Dwight heads towards his fateful encounter at Reservation Road. The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan - the only witness - is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the ... Written by Focus Features

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Taglines:

To find the truth, you have to find who's hiding it.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino a la redención See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,269, 21 October 2007

Gross USA:

$121,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,783,190
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The gas station where the family stops, is actually the Olde Blue Bird Inn in Easton, Connecticut. See more »

Goofs

Johnny Damon is seen batting when Lucas takes a call from his mom. As Dwight (Mark Ruffalo) speaks with her on the phone a crack of the bat is heard. The crowd stands up and watches as Manny Ramirez rounds the bases, presumably after hitting a home run. Johnny Damon is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Dwight Arno: [talking into camera] It was an accident, but what I did was terribly wrong. I left that night because I was afraid of losing you. And that's no excuse. I'm gonna go to prison, and I deserve to go to prison.
Dwight Arno: [regaining his composure] People are gonna talk behind your back. They're gonna say hurtful things, but I just wanna urge you to remember these days that we've had together. I feel like for the first time I've been able to be the father to you that you deserve, and they've really been the ...
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Red River Valley
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Performed by David Tolegian and Heather Levin
Produced by Jay Ferguson
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Powerful and Heartbreaking Drama
24 November 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Wyndham Harbor, Connecticut, Professor Ethan Lerner (Joaquin Phoenix) is driving back home with his family after attending a recital where his ten-year-old cellist son Josh (Sean Curley) played. His wife Grace (Jennifer Connelly) asks Josh to let the fireflies he put in a jar go, otherwise they would die. When their daughter Emma (Elle Fanning) asks to go to the restroom, Ethan parks the car in a gas station on Reservation Road and Josh goes to the shoulder to release the fireflies. Meanwhile the divorced lawyer Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) is driving his son Lucas (Eddie Alderson) back to his ex-wife Ruth (Mira Sorvino) home after watching a Red Sox baseball game. When his cell-phone rings, his eyes are simultaneously hit by the headlights of another car; and Dwight looses the control of his Ford Explorer, hits Josh and in panic he drives off. Josh dies and the disturbed Ethan becomes obsessed, trying to locate the hit-and-run driver, affecting his relationship with his family. When he feels that the police will not locate the killer, Ethan hires Dwight to help in the investigation and bring the driver to justice. The family man Dwight is divided between going to the police station and loose his son and live with an increasing remorse.

"Reservation Road" is a powerful and heartbreaking drama based on a fatal hit-and-run accident that destroys two families. Any driver may face a similar situation, and both characters deserve sympathy. Ethan looses his beloved son and destroys his marriage seeking revenge. Andy was raised with a traumatic relationship with his father and he wishes to spare his son from similar environment. However he knows that he would go to prison and lose the growing of his boy. Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly and Elle Fanning have excellent dramatic performances; however, Joaquin Phoenix performs a character obsessed by death wish, almost deranged, and his character is quite unpleasant. In my opinion, Ethan should balance a little more his grieving with his need of revenge and be more empathic, connecting better with the audience. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil)? "Traídos Pelo Destino" ("Betrayed by the Destiny")


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