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Luce (2019)

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A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

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Julius Onah

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Naomi Watts and Tim Roth Reunite For the Drama 'Luce'

At Sundance 2019, the Funny Games co-stars detail coming together again in Luce as a married couple reckoning with their idealized image of their adopted son from war-torn Eritrea.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Amy Edgar
Octavia Spencer ... Harriet Wilson
Tim Roth ... Peter Edgar
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Luce Edgar
Norbert Leo Butz ... Dan Towson
Andrea Bang ... Stephanie Kim
Marsha Stephanie Blake ... Rosemary Wilson
Omar Shariff Brunson Jr. ... Corey Johnson (as Omar Brunson)
Noah Gaynor ... Kenny Orlicki
Astro ... DeShaun Meeks
Christopher Mann ... Coach Reeves
Hannah Cabell ... Lena Tennyson
Colton Osorio ... Latino Boy
Ian Unterman ... Other Man
Souleymane Sy Savane ... West African Man
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Storyline

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

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The Truth Has Many Faces

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2019 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Luce See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$132,987, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$1,782,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,782,181
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film features Andrea Bang's first nude and sex scene. See more »

Goofs

When Luce goes for a run he takes his shirt off and throws it on top of a box in his closet top left. When he returns from his run and his mom is in his room, the shirt is gone. See more »

Soundtracks

Origami Tiger
Written by Kate Miner
Performed by Briana Lane and Kate Miner aka Winslow
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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In the era of fakenews and politized ideology, you do what you gotta do to win. This film wins!
4 August 2019 | by sinnerofcinemaSee all my reviews

Go into this knowing nothing. You will thank me later. Its better that way. I will comment around this film so as to make you see it. I won't give away spoilers but I will tell you that you must think out of the box. This film will not be spoon fed to you like other studio films and that's a good thing. Sometimes in order to get thought life, its best done with a smile, no matter what your situation or specially if your are in constant survival mode. You do what you have to do to win. In this film winning does not necessarily mean coming in first. It means getting what you want the way you want it. Kind of like running presidential campaigns and saying anything and doing anything to attain the desired result - to wrap people around you as a means to create followers and disciples. Because if your story is credible enough, convincing enough, so much so that your opponent is destroyed, you win. life is a like game of chess. You've got your allies working for you in your favor, and working to keep your adversaries at bay. Then you go in for the kill. And when you go in for the kill, always make sure people think it was all done for the greater good. Its all part of the strategy for survival of the fittest. Yes, the film is that good! And as another reviewer said correctly, it's Oscar worthy. This film seems like the first entry into what is sure to be a competitive awards season. The film is a total mental workout. By the time it's done, you're exhausted, yet satisfied.


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