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The Phone Call (2013)

TV-14 | | Short, Drama | 20 February 2015 (USA)
Heather is a shy lady who works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

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Mat Kirkby
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sally Hawkins ... Heather
Jim Broadbent ... Stan (voice)
Edward Hogg ... Daniel
Prunella Scales ... Joan
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Storyline

Heather volunteers as a crisis center hot-line operator. She receives a telephone call from a tearful Stan, who is reluctant to divulge the nature of his problem. All she can initially get out of him is that he is despondent and remorseful about an event that happened two years ago, which is now making it difficult for him to continue. The call takes on some urgency for her when she learns that he has taken some prescription anti-depressants. While she tries to convince him to let her call an ambulance for him, all he really seems to want is someone - her - to figuratively hold his hand while he dies. Without any other support staff around, Heather has to use whatever clues she can glean from their conversation to provide Stan the help she wants to get to him before he dies. Written by Huggo

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Short | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP25,000 (estimated)
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RSA Films See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sally Hawkins was originally unable to do the film, due to a scheduling issue. However, director Mat Kirkby decided to postpone the production for months in order to maintain Hawkins in the lead role. See more »

Quotes

Heather: Stan, for only knowing so much about you, I feel like... I feel like you're my friend.
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Depressing as can be but some nice acting.
1 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Phone Call" is set at a crisis hotline center. Heather begins her shift by receiving a phone call from a man who is depressed and has taken an overdose of antidepressants. She spends most of the film trying to connect with the guy and determine where he is so that she can send help. Ultimately, it has a super-depressing ending and is not a film most folks would enjoy. While the film is definitely NOT a feel-good film, it has some excellent acting by Sally Hawkins as Heather--and her ability to emote and make the most of scenes where she is essentially acting alone are terrific. Plus, it's interesting to note that the very talented actor, Jim Broadbent, plays the suicidal man. You never see him in the film, but his voice is quite recognizable, as he has a ton of terrific films to his credit.

UPDATE: I was a bit surprised by this, but "The Phone Call" won the Oscar. Congratulations.


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