Only Love Remains
Release Date: July 22, 2005
Starring: Courtney Cox, James Le Gros,
Anne Archer, Nora Dunn,
Michael Ealy, Nick Offerman,
and Matthew Carey
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Greg Harrison
Executive Producer: Jonathan Sehring, Caroline
Kaplan and John Sloss
Producer: Danielle Renfrew, Gary Winick
and Jake Abraham
Writer: Benjamin Brand
Address Comments To:Michael Barker and Tom Bernard
Sony Pictures Classics
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 833-8833
Web Page: http://www.sonyclassics.com
Cox plays Sophie, a thirtysomething photographer suffering the traumatic murder of her live-in boyfriend, Hugh. While Sophie waited in the car, a late-night stop at a corner store on Nov. 7 turned into an armed robbery leaving four people dead.
One day while teaching her photography class, a slide mysteriously appears in the projector's carousel. The slide shows an external photo of the corner store where Hugh's murder occurred. As Sophie investigates the matter further, she is forced to relive the event from different angles. More strange events occur, drawing into question what really happened that night.
The acting in NOVEMBER is very good (especially by Courtney Cox who carries the drama), but the story and plot are not fully developed. Consequently, most viewers may come away feeling cheated when the director finally reveals what's really happening.
NOVEMBER also contains some strong scenes of violence, a tiny amount of strong foul language and several very loud, annoying sudden bangs and noises designed for shock effect. Adding to the cheap sound effects tricks are some artsy shots and edits. The filmmakers should have paid more attention to the script than such cheap, artsy cinematic effects.
Finally, the movie reveals early on that Sophie has had an affair with a co-worker. Despite this, one of the movie's messages at the end is a warning that everyone, including Sophie, should pay more attention to those they truly love, because they could be gone in a moment. In the end, only the love remains. That's a positive, provocative message that the filmmakers also should have concentrated on more strongly throughout the whole picture rather than just the third act.
NOVEMBER is not just a psychological thriller; it's also an experimental mood piece designed to provoke thoughtful attitudes rather than just thrills and chills. The acting in NOVEMBER is very good (especially by Courtney Cox), but the story and plot are not fully developed. Consequently, most viewers may come away feeling cheated when the director finally reveals what's really happening. NOVEMBER also contains some strong scenes of violence, brief foul language and several very loud, annoying sudden noises designed for shock effect. The filmmakers should have paid more attention to the script than cheap cinematic effects.