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A Home at the End of the World (2004)

A boy who has experienced many losses in his life grows to manhood and enters into a love triangle with a woman and his boyhood friend.

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Dancing Party Guest
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Frank (as Jeffrey Authors)
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Frank's Date
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Ned Glover
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Clare (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Club Boy
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s, where they meet an older woman, the film charts a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they've created and hold their friendship together? Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Family can be whatever you want it to be.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong drug content, sexuality, nudity, language and a disturbing accident | See all certifications »

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14 October 2004 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Casa no Fim do Mundo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$64,728 (USA) (25 July 2004)

Gross:

$1,029,872 (USA) (6 June 2013)
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2.35 : 1
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Is an adaptation from Michael Cunningham's 1990 novel of the same name, which in turn was expanded from a short story entitled "White Angel", published in the New Yorker in 1988. See more »

Goofs

When Claire is running away from her friends into the desert, the bushes wiggle twice as the cameraman passes by. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Emily is having sex with Carlton and sees Bobby in the doorway]
Emily: Oh my god!
Carlton Morrow: Come on, Em, Bobby doesn't care!
Emily: I care!
Carlton Morrow: Just relax!
Emily: Kiss my ass!
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Desiree
Written by Leslie Cooper and Clarence Johnson
Performed by Laura Nyro and LaBelle
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Evocative of a time and the need to belong
25 June 2004 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I was profoundly touched by the film, but I can see why people needing a strong linear narrative might be left feeling incomplete.

The tagline doesn't quite capture the key to the film-- it's not precisely about redefining family-- I suspect the marketing folks thought that would resound with a likely target audience. (Like the Frameline GLBT Film Festival in SF.) To me it's about the need to belong-- to find a place in this world and then take that ride. The struggle is to find equilibrium with all the surprises that may come one's way.

Although the movie has its share of sadnesses, there are also quiet triumphs. In an odd way, this film touches some of the same chords as the far more eccentric "The World According To Garp" and "Cider House Rules."

To the director's and screenwriter's credit, they resisted the temptation to pack too much onto the film. I found the characterizations just specific enough. Fine performances from all. Beautifully established in youth.

The film trusts both your intelligence and intuition to carry you through the trip. Don't see this if you're hungering for car chases!


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