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Half Nelson

Director: Ryan Fleck

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2006

Sundance Award Oscar Award

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Synopsis

Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Drive, Blue Valentine) turns in a stunning, Oscar-nominated performance in the smart, moving and politically engaged HALF NELSON, one of the most exciting American films of recent years. With stellar support from Independent Spirit Award winner Shareeka Epps in her feature debut and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby), and an original score that features Canadian rock group Broken Social Scene, director Ryan Fleck (Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story) weaves together a moving story of redemption in an unforgiving world.

Dan Dunne (Gosling) is an inner city high school teacher. Dynamic and inspirational in the classroom, he spends his time outside of school on the edge of consciousness. His personal disappointments and disillusionment have led to a serious drug habit. Dan juggles his hangovers and his homework, keeping his lives separated, until one of his students, Drey (Shareeka Epps), catches him getting high after school. It is from this pivotal moment that director Ryan Fleck builds a tentative friendship between these two unlikely allies, creating one of the decade’s most arresting films in the process.

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Cast

Starring: 

Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, Anthony Mackie

Credits

Director: Ryan Fleck

Writer(s): 

Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

Producers: 

Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg

Editor:  Anna Boden

Cinematographer:  Andrij Parekh

Music: 

Broken Social Scene

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2006

Language:  English

Duration:  107 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Theatrical Release Date:  28th April 2007

DVD Release Date:  24th September 2007

Reviews

JAMES KING, BBC RADIO 1

"Blasts out of the Hollywood comfort zone with brains, attitude and blistering performances. Essential viewing"

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JAMES KING, BBC RADIO 1

WENDY IDE, THE TIMES

"a masterpiece... one of the most rewarding films of the year"

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WENDY IDE, THE TIMES

TIME OUT

"Gosling and Epps are terrific"

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PHILIP FRENCH, THE OBSERVER

"a fine piece of work: reticent, intelligent, wholly devoid of triumphalism or self-pity... excellent"

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PHILIP FRENCH, THE OBSERVER

EMPIRE

"Just wonderful... A film you'll remember"

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THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"Ryan Gosling... he's one of the most mesmerising actors in America"

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