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For Ellen (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 2012 (France)
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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So Yong Kim (as SoYong Kim)

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So Yong Kim (as SoYong Kim)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Joby Taylor
Peter Roberts Peter Roberts ... Tow-Truck Guy
William Roberts William Roberts ... Tow-Truck Guy
Jon Heder ... Fred Butler
Margarita Levieva ... Claire Taylor
Julian Gamble ... Mr. Hamilton
Dakota Johnson ... Cindy
Ronald Walter Mandigo Ronald Walter Mandigo ... Claire Taylor's Fiancé / Bowling Alley Extra
Mara Pelifian Mara Pelifian ... Mrs. Butler
Shaylena Mandigo Shaylena Mandigo ... Ellen Taylor
Jena Malone ... Susan
Mike Almond Mike Almond ... Bar Extra (as Michael Almond)
Gabrielle Bergeron Gabrielle Bergeron ... Bar Extra
Bonnie Lucia Bonnie Lucia ... Bar Extra
Robert Jordan Robert Jordan ... Bar Extra
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Storyline

Joby Taylor, having risked home and family in pursuit of the roll-and-roll dream, finds himself being asked to surrender all rights of paternity to his six-year-old daughter Ellen in a divorce settlement. With much at stake at this late stage, is it too late for him to start being a father? That's the question as he approaches a deadline decision to either surrender or fight. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dla Ellen See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 9 September 2012

Gross USA:

$7,282
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

So Yong Kim's previous films, In Between Days (2006) and Treeless Mountain (2008), both dealt with the repercussions of having absentee fathers. Here, she tackles a similar subject but this time from the point of view of the absentee father himself. See more »

Quotes

Joby Taylor: I was just... just young and stupid. I wanted to make it so bad.
Ellen Taylor: Have you made it?
Joby Taylor: Yeah, I think I'm real close. Uh... yeah, for sure. Yeah.
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

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A Woman Like You
Written by Merris Bell
Performed by Jason Merris Bell and The Horse Thieves
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Slow pace does not equal poor movie "For Ellen" is proof
10 August 2015 | by mikeallen21See all my reviews

Some movies are for fun. Some movies are for adventure. Some movies are art and are actually a "film" For Ellen is art. Yes it is slow, yes it has few words and little action. This film is about emotions that do not need laughs and action to be nurtured. Dano is approaching Oscar level acting at a very young age. I can't wait to see his skills grow and deepen. This movie is sad because that is what the characters are feeling! It is powerful and emotional and really well made. I don't have much else to say except that a lot of movie goers expect to be surprised with original twist and plot turns, but are not impressed with deliberate quality. This film is deliberate and delivers quality.


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