November (I) (2004)

R   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller


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Sophie Jacobs is going through the most difficult time of her life. Now, she just has to find out if it's real.


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  • Courteney Cox in November (2004)
  • James Le Gros at an event for November (2004)
  • Courteney Cox and Michael Ealy in November (2004)
  • Courteney Cox in November (2004)
  • Courteney Cox at an event for November (2004)

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30 July 2005 | noralee
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| Neat Little Twisty Emotional Mystery
"November" is a neat little twisty thriller that lets us inside post traumatic stress.

Director Greg Harrison uses visuals very effectively around a sympathetically volatile Courteney Cox as a photographer/teacher, much more evocatively than M. Night Shyamalan does in a similar genre. He draws on but doesn't imitate "Blow Up," "Eyes of Laura Mars" and Robin Williams' other photo developer movie "The Final Cut," with the blood red as a memory trigger like in Hitchcock's "Marnie."

Photographs are particularly used as a trompe l'oeil that visually matches our guessing to what we think we know is happening in the story or did happen in a store robbery. Harrison is particularly good at showing how emotions, particularly guilt, color our perceptions and influence our memories.

Anne Archer, as Cox's mother, does a marvelous take on how almost the same scene can be shaded in different ways. And it's always nice to hear a Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings funk song repeated.

The chapter headings of the stages of grief border on precious, but do provide a framework for Cox's feelings. So you are more prepared emotionally for the surprising ending, like an Ambrose Bierce story, than manipulated as in a film like "The Others."

The rundown downtown Los Angeles locations, especially at night, enhance the darkness of the story. The score works very well to keep the tension high.

I always stay for all the credits of films, but the slow, endless crawl at the end even defeated my patience.

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Genres

Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

18 January 2004

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,813 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$192,186

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$192,186

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