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The Man Who Wasn't There

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In this moody period drama, the focus of attention is on a humble barber. He suspects his wife is having an affair, and when he suddenly needs cash for a business opportunity, the idea of blackmail pops up. However, one thing leads to another, and soon he has a murder to sort out. From then on, the plot takes unexpected turns as poetic justice is dished out to all the unethical characters in the story. Note that the film is in black and white.


115 minutes, No persons under 13 (Violence)
Crime, Drama, On the Art Circuit

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Credits
Cast
Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini, Michael Badalucco, Katherine Borowitz, Jon Polito
Director
Joel Coen
ScreenplayJoel Coen, Ethan Coen
MusicCarter Burwell, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2001
Produced byWorking Title Films

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas13
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson10
Cape TimesGordon Glynn Jones20
The StarJanine Walker14
Die BurgerGabriël Botma15
TygerburgerMariana Malan15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge15
RapportBarrie Hough12
SLNathan Zeno20
M-Net CinemagicBarry Ronge16
SAfm Screen & CoAlan Swerdlow18
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Adam Nayman20
Box Office (USA)Lael Loewenstein10
ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli15
Total Film (UK)Jamie Graham15
Film Review (UK)Jason Caro15
IMDB2776 Netizens16
Average .. 76%15

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: During and after this film, I was wondering what score I would give, and what I would say. I found the black-and-white cinematography appropriate and at times stunning and moody. The storyline avoids all clichés and continually surprises. However it somehow never reaches any great dramatic or emotional heights, at least for me. I think it is worth seeing, especially for art movie lovers.


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