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Stoker (2013)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 1 March 2013 (UK)
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After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

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Chan-wook Park
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Wasikowska ... India Stoker
Nicole Kidman ... Evelyn Stoker
David Alford ... Reverend
Matthew Goode ... Charles Stoker
Peg Allen Peg Allen ... Housekeeper 1
Lauren E. Roman ... Housekeeper 2 (as Lauren Roman)
Phyllis Somerville ... Mrs. McGarrick
Harmony Korine ... Mr. Feldman
Lucas Till ... Pitts
Alden Ehrenreich ... Whip
Dominick 'Dino' Howard Dominick 'Dino' Howard ... Pitts' Friend
Jacki Weaver ... Gwendolyn Stoker
Dermot Mulroney ... Richard Stoker
Tyler von Tagen Tyler von Tagen ... Young Richard Stoker
Thomas A. Covert ... Young Charles Stoker (as Thomas Covert)
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Storyline

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father's death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Taglines:

La inocencia termina aquí (Innocence ends here) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lazos perversos See more »

Filming Locations:

Smyrna, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,547, 3 March 2013

Gross USA:

$1,714,221

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,077,441
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A major influence on Wentworth Miller's screenplay was Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). See more »

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(at around 1 hour 20 mins) When the sheriff is leaving the house, India and Charles say, "Goodbye Sheriff," and India's hair changes from neat to disheveled between shots. See more »

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India Stoker: My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I'm not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father's belt tied around my mother's blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come ...
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The credits scroll from top to bottom of the screen, rather than bottom to top, like in most scrolling end credits. See more »

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References Shadow of a Doubt (1943) See more »

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A Pile Ou Face
Written by Eric Deseez, Philippe Chevallier, Manuel Armstrong and Charlotte Savary
Arranged by Manuel Armstrong
Performed by Felipecha
Courtesy of AT(h)OME Records
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Twisted Cinema
6 March 2013 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

Stoker is a psychological thriller that you might not expect. It's not the usual type of the genre. The storytelling is in pure style and it features its terror in a completely twisted way. It's a weird cinematic experience that might stuck in your head for some time. It didn't offer much new to the plot but it creates a both melancholic and terrifying atmosphere to the picture which made it fascinating. What's more fascinating is the filmmaking understands the psychosis beneath it and it clearly shows them on screen. Stoker is quite peculiar but in a remarkably stunning way.

The story is just simple but it is told very differently. Thrillers usually slowly builds the tension of the plot until it gets to the point that everything what's happening is not right. Here, it already shows the oddness of their lives. The only thing it does now is to explore what's happening to the characters and what they are going to do. The plot isn't really that complex but it's all rather provocative. It embraces the strangeness that is manipulated from the two Stokers. It's not ought to be scary or anything. It's all about taking the ride on their horrifying acts. These scenes are, without a doubt, bizarre and somehow disturbing.

The film has a set of amazing talents. Mia Wasikowska has always been lovely and talented. She gives a sense of weirdness inside of her innocence which is perfect to the character. Nicole Kidman makes a great desperate mother. Matthew Goode adds some creepy mannerism to the psychotic Uncle Charlie. It's easy to get infatuated by his deceiving charms. The violence is a bit tamed for a Chan-wook Park film, but here, he aims more at the fortitude. He fills them with an impressively energetic style which helps executing its eerie. The gorgeous cinematography captures the melancholia of their world. Everything is just stunning.

The story isn't really that subtle or original but Stoker is a stylishly made film that will give you a quite different experience. Instead of jump scares or whatever tricks that typical thrillers use, the film rather tests the anxiety of the audience in these strange haunting exteriors. The film is not trying to be innovative but the reason why it's interesting is because of its intense use of filmmaking styles. It leaves the clichéd modern thriller plot points for a while and it simply tells the story by exploring these people's little twisted lives. Overall, it's visually captivating despite of the horror underneath the surfaces and that what makes the film so appealing.


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