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Norman (2011)

Norman

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 21, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

98 min.

Studio

AMC Independent

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Jonathan Segal

Producer

Dan Keston, Jonathan Segal, Hawk Koch, Rich Cowan

Screenwriter

Talton Wingate

Starring

Story


Norman Long is a high school loner, a self-aware and darkly funny teen who's just trying to handle his daily existence. In the wake of his mother's sudden death, Norman must now also deal with the reality that his father is starting to lose his battle with stomach cancer. Norman, depressed and angry, unintentionally gets caught in a lie that he, in fact, has stomach cancer. Soon his complete distortion of the facts spirals out of control. Part coping mechanism, partially as a way to feel closer to his father, and to a certain degree to prepare others for his possible suicide, Norman begins to imitate his father's debilitating physical symptoms, dramatically affecting his life and the world around him. Emily, a magnetic girl with one of those rare enchanting smiles, gets caught up in Norman's fabrication and struggles with her deep rooted romantic feelings in the face of Norman's "impending" death. Ultimately, Norman must confront a burning set of conflicting emotions as he struggles to define his relationship with his father, his love for Emily, and ultimately who he will be as a young man.

Pictures (11 photos)


Adam Goldberg stars as Mr. Angelo in AMC Independent's Norman (2011)
Richard Jenkins stars as Doug Long in AMC Independent's Norman (2011)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the character lingers with you even after the film starts to fade from memory..”
by Jon Frosch [Hollywood Reporter]
“..theatrical prospects are modest, but the pic is a natural for home-format pickups..”
by Dennis Harvey [Variety]
“..the movie widely finds a way to communicate that without the risks of dialogue..”
by Roger Ebert [Chicago Sun-Times]