Forty Shades of Blue

Rated NR 107 minutes 2005

Rip Torn has become so familiar as a comedy face in recent years that it's an eye-opener to see him do something more serious, even if the role is a bit of a hoary standby: the larger-than-life crotchety father who was seldom there for his now-bitter adult son (Darren E. Burrows). Unfortunately, the focus of Ira Sachs' film isn't Torn -- it's Russian actress Dina Korzun as his lover, who briefly becomes involved with the son as well. Sachs isn't that concerned with narrative, telling his story in a slow-moving portrait style reminiscent of David Gordon Green, but he's not operating at the same skill level. Korzun and Burrows give such blank, inexpressive performances that it's tough to care. Of course, the fact that we never really do get into their heads may allow some viewers to project their own feelings onto the characters, and thereby think the movie is "deep." It isn't. Only Torn feels remotely like a real person.

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Director: Ira Sachs

Writer: Ira Sachs and Michael Rohatyn

Producer: Margot Bridger, Jawal Nga and Donal Rosenfeld

Cast: Rip Torn, Dina Korzun, Darren Burrows, Red West and Paprika Steen

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