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The Dead Girl (2006)

Director:
Karen Moncrieff
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Mystery
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Dead Girl
RUNNING TIME
93 minutes
Producer:
Eric Karten
Gary Lucchesi
Tom Rosenberg
Kevin Turen
Henry Winterstern
Screenwriter:
Karen Moncrieff


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Arden Toni Collette
Krista Kutcher Brittany Murphy
Leah Rose Byrne
Melora Marcia Gay Harden
Ruth Mary Beth Hurt
Rosetta Kerry Washington
Rudy Giovanni Ribisi
Tarlow Josh Brolin
Arden's mother Piper Laurie
Carl Nick Searcy
Beverley, Leah's mother Mary Steenburgen
Leah's father Bruce Davison
Derek James Franco

 

Review

Five seemingly diverging stories are more or less brought together through characters who are in one way or another affected by the death of the titular character in this semi-innovative feminist film by writer/director Karen Moncrieff. Not all the segments work equally well individually some of them have a few strangely unhandled loose ends but there is power in the story about Brittany Murphy's character, which concludes the film effectively. The late Murphy also gives arguably the best of the film's many brilliant performances, one of the most powerful of her career. Among other talented actresses doing great work are Toni Colette, Mary Beth Hurt and Kerry Washington in three of the film's other segments. It's a remarkable ensemble of character actors Moncrieff has been able to assemble here. Perhaps the feeling of unfulfillment which slightly mars the film could have been avoided had Moncrieff had more time, freedom or experience (or any applicable combination of the three) to bring her film to completion.

Copyright 21.3.2017 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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