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A Master Builder (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 June 2014 (USA)
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A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Henrik Ibsen (play), Wallace Shawn
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wallace Shawn ... Halvard Solness
Julie Hagerty ... Aline Solness
Lisa Joyce ... Hilde Wangel
Larry Pine ... Dr. Herdal
Andre Gregory ... Knut Brovik
Emily Cass McDonnell ... Kaia Fosli
Winsome Brown ... Nurse
Joanna Howard ... Nurse Nora
Jeff Biehl ... Ragnar Brovik
Sheilagh Weymouth ... Nurse
Marjorie Graham Marjorie Graham ... Nurse
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A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fear of Falling See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,017, 27 July 2014

Gross USA:

$46,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,874
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2.35 : 1
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Jonathan Demme's first feature film since Rachel Getting Married (2008). See more »

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weird unrealism
22 December 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Halvard Solness (Wallace Shawn) is a successful architect on his sick bed. Aline (Julie Hagerty) is his long suffering wife. He tells Dr. Herdal (Larry Pine) about how he kept his worker Ragnar Brovik (Jeff Biehl). He hired Ragnar's girlfriend Hilde Wangel (Lisa Joyce) to keep Ragnar working for him. Hilde comes over to visit Halvard. She reminds him about their first meeting ten years ago as a fourteen year old.

This is based on Henrik Ibsen's play. There is a weird unrealism by keeping all the Norwegian names. It's strange to see this exercise and a somewhat effective one. Lisa Joyce's overacting only adds to the otherworldly feel. Wallace Shawn is brilliant as always and keeps the audience's attention. Julie Hagerty does her most powerful work. It has tension from dancing on the edge of madness but it never escapes its play origins.


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