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Lymelife (2008)

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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

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Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Written by TIFF

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The American Dream Sucks

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 2009 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Aprender a vivir  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,000, 8 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$429,307, 13 July 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While the film was being developed at the Sundance filmmaker's lab, Kieran Culkin played the role of Scott in all of the experimental scenes the Martinis shot. When it came time to make the film for real, Kieran's younger brother, Rory Culkin was offered the role because Kieran had become too old to play it. After reading the script and watching the experimental scenes from the lab, Rory said yes. See more »

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On the sign announcing the construction of the Bartletts' new house, the Bartlett Group's address is given as "329 Empire Road, Long Island, NY, 89023." It is more likely that the town would be given (e.g., "Bethpage, NY" rather than "Long Island, NY"), but in any case 89023 is a Nevada zip code. See more »

Quotes

Brenda Bartlett: I don't love you anymore... I hate the way you smell... the way you brush your teeth... the way you eat your fucking food... that shit eating grin on your face all the time, ugh, it makes me sick... and I won't spend another night in bed with you... you make me sick to my stomach.
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References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Bells of St. Mary's
Written by Douglas Furber, A. Emmett Adams
Performed by The Drifters
Courtesy of Rick Sheppard Productions
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95 minutes well spent
20 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

I can't wait for my next three-Martini film! If Lymelife can be done in less than a month, let's have at least two more before year's end––the last positioned for awards season. Yes, I worry this remarkable film will be unheralded and forgotten in eight months. I can visualize every member of this excellent cast reading the script and beginning to drool. All this tight, little character-driven story needed was a cast that knew whereof it spoke and a director who could give that cast's instincts and improvisational abilities free rein. Obviously, the Martini brothers with a cathartic, autobiographical exercise in familial dysfunction said, "Hey, the Culkins will know where we're coming from!" And do they ever! The scenes between the brothers are heartbreaking in their awareness of fraternal love and filial disillusionment.

The sexual initiation scenes are tender, funny and soooo real. The floundering, faulty adults, right on the nose! This is Timothy Hutton's best work since Ordinary People.

The 1979 setting is subtly established by the scrupulously selected music and the vehicles of the time. The only effort to tie in current events in this post-Viet Nam war-weary era is an almost subliminal reference to the takeover of the American embassy in Tehran. And this is all so right, because the characters and relationships, which is what we're here for, are timeless.

The symbolism––right up to the real estate baron bearing the cross of a For Sale sign––hits just the right note. if you have a chance to see this film, go.


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