A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful private equity fund partner, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.Written by
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »
After incorrectly swiping left from the lock screen to read his father's text message, he swipes left to exit the Messages app. You cannot exit by swiping left; you must swipe right. The actor is clearly looking at screenshots in the Photos app. See more »
[after running some tests]
Davis... not sure how to tell you this. Come on. See for yourself...
[now pointing at screen with other doctor's watching]
Part of your heart is missing.
What? How did that happen?
Judging by the bite pattern, I'd say gypsy moths.
[suddenly jolts back to reality in the doctor's office]
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At the end of the credits, Davis says: "Warmest regards, Davis C. Mitchell". See more »
Property Lines (Instrumental Version)
Arranged and Performed by Brian Borcherdt
Guitar, Anna Edward, Trumpet, Patric Thorman
Recorded by Andreas Dahlbäck and Joel Löv at Durango Recording, Stockholm, Sweden See more »
For starters the film has some incredible acting...Jake is utterly convincing in his role as a selfish and seemingly heartless individual devoid of emotion until tragedy entails. The pick up in his thought process is a slow but necessary approach as his mental health issues pick up subtle but convincing time frames and the viewer is left a 50/50 decision on whether you actually like him or not. This is no mean feat for an actor with such a tragic story line and he pulls it off brilliantly.
I would however of liked the mental health issues that surround the process of grief further explored and a stronger message to go out to the audience that grief manifests in so many individual ways that you are never wrong with the way you feel...Its a very precious and intimate individual process.
Naomi Watts character is a little bizarre and almost unnecessary in my view but I will not spoil anything here.
A good just under two hours spent in my opinion with a a lot of thinking to continue for the rest of the evening. A solid 7/10 from me.
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