Friday, September 5, 2008

The Brøken & Downloading Nancy (Highlight!!)

Yesterday Benjamin and I watched two movies at the Fantasy Filmfest. First "The Brøken", a suspenseful movie, which reminded me a bit of "The Invasion" and later "Downloading Nancy".
Downloading Nancy" is a great (though controversial) movie. The film stars Maria Bello as an unhappy wife whose online search for someone to put her out of her misery results in a torturous love affair. I think I have rarely seen someone play as good as Maria Bello. She played an emotionally and physically hurt woman and did that so well, that my heart was aching when I left the movie. (Benjamin´s too btw.) IMO the movie shows one of the best kissing scenes I have seen. The scene is wonderful and after the kiss Nancy says, "I wish I could have felt that" (which breaks your heart even more).

When Albert Stockwell comes home from work one day he finds a note from his wife of 15 years, Nancy, saying she has gone to see friends. It is a lie.

After waiting several days, Albert realizes that his wife is missing. Nancy has met her salvation on the Internet in the form of Louis Farley. Louis's life, like Nancy's, has become a twisted quest for redemption via smutty chat rooms and alternative websites. Both wounded and alone, Nancy and Louis take comfort in one another through email, pictures and promises.

With Louis, Nancy goes to a different place, one of liberation and fulfillment. Its a location where pain is pleasure and where the end is the beginning. While she pursues the freedom that she feels will only come with ultimate liberation, Albert is left to put the pieces together and try to salvage what is left." (from

Watch the trailer here. Co-starring Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell, and Amy Brenneman.


Lara said...

I trust that Downloading Nancy will get a wider release as it stars Maria Bello, whom I love. Have you seen sisters? It's brilliantly written and Maria's performance is astounding!

Kerstin Klein said...

Nope, unfortunately I haven´t seen it. I just checked out the dvd-stores and it seems you can´t get it here in Germany yet. :(
I´ll look out for it.

I´m not sure about "Downloading Nancy" getting a wider release. At the opening of the movie they said that the movie had been criticized - specially by the Americans ;) - a lot and that the movie wouldn´t been running in a lot of theaters.
Did you see the movie. I think it was great - specially Maria Bello was great.
I still feel hurt when I see how hurt she was (played).