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Jolene (2008)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2008 (USA)
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A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Director:

Dan Ireland

Writers:

Dennis Yares (screenplay by), E.L. Doctorow (story "Jolene: A Life") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Jolene
Frances Fisher ... Cindy
Rupert Friend ... Coco Leger
Dermot Mulroney ... Uncle Phil
Zeb Newman Zeb Newman ... Mickey
Chazz Palminteri ... Sal Fontaine
Denise Richards ... Marin
Theresa Russell ... Aunt Kay
Michael Vartan ... Brad
Shannon Whirry ... Teacher
Drea Pruseau Drea Pruseau ... Nurse
Mickey Cottrell ... Dr. Bloomberg
Mary Jane Johnson Mary Jane Johnson ... Mrs. Ames
Bri Acsani Bri Acsani ... Suicide Girl
Julie Sledge Julie Sledge ... Girl in Hospital
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Storyline

Jolene is a red-haired wanderer who isn't content to call one place home for any expended stretch of time. Setting off to explore the outside world at age fifteen, the free-spirited teen embarks on a decade-long cross-country of adventure which finds her crossing the paths of everyone from a firebrand Texan who steals her heart and destroys her marriage to his wealthy fundamentalist, Brad to an ex-mobster, Sal Fontaine attempting to make good in Las Vegas. Written by lament

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A life between the exit signs

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джолин See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Next Turn Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Chastain's feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Jolene is working as a server at the outdoor banquet, she carries a tray with two Champagne glasses. One glass is full and one empty. The very next cut, she places the tray on a table, and both glasses are empty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jolene: [narrating] I married Mickey Holler when I was 15. He was 20 years old, Mickey - real name, Mervin.
Mickey: Now I pronounce you husband and wife.
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Crazy Credits

In on-screen credits, Don Mosley is listed twice as Chief Lighting Technician. See more »

Connections

Featured in La noche de...: La sombra de la sospecha (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Got To Be In Love (Dub Mix)
Written by François Kevorkian (as Kevorkian Francis) & Eric Kupper (as Kupper Eric Stephen)
Performed by Barbara Mendes
Courtesy of Pschent Music
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Jolene shines at the Seattle Film Fest
23 June 2008 | by totalwonderSee all my reviews

Of all the films I saw at the 2008 Seattle International Film Fest, "Jolene" is the one that stayed with me. Jessica Chastain gives a multi layered, complex, superlative performance as the title character. A girl drifting through her life looking for love in all the wrong places. The film stays away from sentimental payoffs giving it a very distinctive tone. Are we suppose to sympathize with Jolene? Dan Ireland, the director, leaves that to us in another honest and wonderful tale of longing and hope. From Rene Zellwegger in "The Whole Wide World" to Joan Plowright in "Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont" Dan Ireland has shown a remarkable flair to bring out the best on his female characters and more. Frances Fisher gives an Academy Award worthy performance in a part so far away from anything I've ever seen her do that it took me a while to realize it was her. Michael Vartan, Dermot Mulroney, Chazz Palmintieri and in particular Rupert Friend give vivid, powerful performances. "Jolene" is unique in a year of sequels and TV adaptations. I can't wait to see it again. Congratulations Mr. Ireland and thank you for your passionated and coherent commitment to the independent soul.


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