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In the mid-70s, a young woman is troubled by her politically radical older sisters apparent suicide in Portugal seven years earlier. Eager to learn the truth, she sets out on a trip across Europe and, with help from her sisters former lover, retraces her life-altering odyssey. Writer/director Adam Brooks moving adaptation of the Jennifer Egan novel stars Jordana Brewster, Cameron Diaz, Christopher Eccleston. 91 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
An affecting movie about ghosts and illusions, The Invisible Circus follows Phoebe (Jordana Brewster), an American girl who's retracing the path of her sister Faith (Cameron Diaz), hoping to discover what led to Faith's mysterious death. Using the postcards that Faith sent her from Europe as a map, Phoebe travels from Amsterdam to Paris to Portugal, learning from Faith's ex-boyfriend Wolf (Christopher Eccleston) about a side of Faith that Phoebe knew nothing about--a side that overturns all of Phoebe's cherished beliefs about her sister and herself. The performances in The Invisible Circus are uneven, and yet the culmination of the movie captures something piercingly sad, something acute and evocative about how survivors create myths about the lost, myths that can both help and hinder their lives. Blythe Danner plays the mother of the two girls in a brief but subtly powerful performance. --Bret Fetzer
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Adam Brooks
- Media Format : Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 33 minutes
- Release date : December 10, 2002
- Actors : Jordana Brewster, Cameron Diaz, Christopher Eccleston, Blythe Danner, Camilla Belle
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : António da Cunha Telles, Arianna C. Bocco, Julia Chasman, Nick Wechsler, Tim Van Rellim
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : New Line Home Video
- ASIN : B0000714E8
- Writers : Adam Brooks, Jennifer Egan
- Number of discs : 1
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But the movie is fine if you don't compare it to the book. Like the book, the story takes place in the 1970s, but it might as well have taken place when the movie was made, the 1990s. There's beautiful scenery, but the story is too condensed, and the surprise ending doesn't have the same long build-up as in the novel. In the end, the story was wonderful for a full length novel, but does not seem to work as well for a movie.
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the cover that makes you think it's some kind of love triangle.
However, this is based on a book that I haven't read. It follows an accurate late 60s to mid 1970s history with
Diaz's character getting involved in 1960s political activism in San Francisco. After getting disillusioned with
Vietnam she goes to Amsterdam (where you could squat legally in the Jordaan area etc - now illegal in 2010),
then to Paris (which experienced May 1968's Sorbonne riots against the authoritarian regime of De Gaulle), the
Berlin (area of Kreuzberg (I assume) which now is a hipster gentrification area) the onto Portugal which has 1974 Carnation
Revolution against authoritarian rule.
Her sister follows the path of Diaz by postcards she received as her younger sister to piece together what happened
I don't think it was a big hit, but it is a good story and far better than many box office hits
Disappointed I couldn't rate it higher really.