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Laurel Canyon

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Genre: Dramas
Director: Lisa Cholodenko - Writer/Director
Theatrical Release: 2003
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 101 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Format: DVD
Language: English

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Just out of Harvard medical school, Sam (Christian Bale) and his fianc?e Alex (Kate Beckinsale) seem destined for a life of privilege. Intending to find an apartment of their own in Los Angeles--where Sam will do his residency and Alex will complete her dissertation--they decide to stay temporarily with Jane (Francis McDormand), Sam's free-spirited, record producer mother who never provided straight-arrow Sam with the stability he so obviously craves. Jane has just left her longtime lover for Ian (Alessandro Nivolo), the young British musician whose band she is producing. At the expense of her studies, Alex gradually becomes entranced by Jane's carefree, pot-smoking ways--as well as by Ian--at the same time that Sam encounters temptation at the hospital in the form of Sara (Natasha McElhone), a beautiful young resident.

Lisa Cholodenko's (HIGH ART) film uses an unconventional mother-son relationship to examine how parents' decisions affect our lifestyle choices as adults. Playing the flipside of her role in ALMOST FAMOUS, McDormand imbues Jane with the appropriate libertine's spirit, an attitude that she finally turns her back on when it finally gets in the way of her son's future. An effective score by Craig Wedren and memorable songs by Sparklehorse lend authenticity to the film's music biz backdrop.

Synopsis

Just out of Harvard medical school, Sam (Christian Bale) and his fianc?e Alex (Kate Beckinsale) seem destined for a life of privilege. Intending to find an apartment of their own in Los Angeles--where Sam will do his residency and Alex will complete her dissertation--they decide to stay temporarily with Jane (Francis McDormand), Sam's free-spirited, record producer mother who never provided straight-arrow Sam with the stability he so obviously craves. Jane has just left her longtime lover for Ian (Alessandro Nivolo), the young British musician whose band she is producing. At the expense of her studies, Alex gradually becomes entranced by Jane's carefree, pot-smoking ways--as well as by Ian--at the same time that Sam encounters temptation at the hospital in the form of Sara (Natasha McElhone), a beautiful young resident.

Lisa Cholodenko's (HIGH ART) film uses an unconventional mother-son relationship to examine how parents' decisions affect our lifestyle choices as adults. Playing the flipside of her role in ALMOST FAMOUS, McDormand imbues Jane with the appropriate libertine's spirit, an attitude that she finally turns her back on when it finally gets in the way of her son's future. An effective score by Craig Wedren and memorable songs by Sparklehorse lend authenticity to the film's music biz backdrop.

Details
Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
Area   
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   
Rating Reason   sexuality, language, and drug use
Parental Advisory   
cast & Crew
Lisa Cholodenko - Writer/Director
Frances McDormand - American Actress
Christian Bale - Welsh actor, BATMAN BEGINS
Kate Beckinsale - British Actress
Natascha McElhone - Actress, SOLARIS
Alessandro Nivola -
Melissa De Sousa - Actor, LOCKDOWN (2003)
Susan A. Stover - Producer
Wally Pfister - Director of photography
Scott Ferguson - Executive Producer, LAUREL CANYON (2003)
Craig Wedren - Composer, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001)
Lisa Cholodenko - Writer/Director
Sparklehorse - American band