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Forty Shades of Blue (2004)

Cast: Rip Torn, Dina Korzun, Darren E. Burrows, more...
Director: Ira Sachs
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Studio: First Look Pictures
Genre: Drama, Independent, Romance
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A woman who has drifted away from her boyfriend's affections finds love in the arms of his son in this independent drama. Laura (Dina Korzun) is an attractive woman in her early thirties who was living in her native Russia when she met Alan James (Rip Torn), a legendary music producer from Memphis. Alan brought Laura back to the United States and moved in with her, but now that the couple have a three-year-old son, Laura finds herself a stranger in the city she now calls home and is growing increasingly distant from the philandering Alan. After a testimonial tribute to Alan, Laura meets his grown son Michael (Darren E. Burrows) for the first time; Michael has a difficult and sometimes combative relationship with Alan and prefers to keep a distance from him and his life, but Michael and Laura find they quickly develop a strong rapport. Laura and Michael's friendship soon grows into an affair, but as Laura considers her unhappiness with Alan, she also feels guilty about betraying a man who has given her a life she would hardly have dared to dream of when she was younger. Forty Shades of Blue was helmed by Ira Sachs (who earned enthusiastic reviews for his 1997 debut feature The Delta), from a script he co-wrote with Michael Rohatyn. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

In Strong Disagreement by Scaramouche June 22, 2006 - 9:48 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
As usual, there's no accounting for taste. I thought the story was powerful, beautifully told, perfectly acted, and very affecting. The performance by Dina Korzun was superb. Rip Torn has never been better. Yes, it was slow paced in many parts, but the pace fit the story. The people are real and some of the scenes are both brilliant and psychologically perfect.

Critical reception, by the way, was mixed positive, with over 80% of the top reviewers giving it a thumbs up. So I suggest going to Rotten Tomatoes and reading a few of the major reviews. But don't write it off based on the first review on this website.

Forty? More Like Four Hundred by talltale June 17, 2006 - 1:55 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
As with his earlier "The Delta," Ira Sacks has again created another movie--FORTY SHADES OF BLUE--that offers some interesting visuals, a pretty good premise and a lot of "mood." But then his screenwriting disabilities trip him up. Again. He's only co-screenwriter here, but the result is all too similar: dialog that veers uncomfortably between naturalistic, "method" stuff and soap opera. Only bored and boring "screen" characters sound anything like this, with little original or interesting to say, and no discernible "character" through which to say it. The result is enervating in the extreme. Pinch yourself to stay awake.

Some of our better critics seem to have embraced this movie, perhaps because of Rip Torn's performance--which is fine as far as it goes. But there's not much opportunity here, for him or anyone else. Darren Burrows is attractive as Torn's son and Dina Korzun ("Last Resort") sports a nice Russian accent. (She IS Russian, so perhaps I should say she speaks English with a charming, Eastern European lilt). Much of the music heard on the soundtrack is quite good, too. Some of us might have been happier with a CD, rather than a DVD.

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