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Is Anybody There? [DVD] [2009] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Growing up and growing old never played so poignantly as it does in John Crowley's IS ANYBODY THERE? The film grapples with the sad truths of getting older and losing loved ones, all the while maintaining a sardonic wit and sincere warmth. Coming of age in a family-run rest home, the reclusive, death-obsessed Edward (Bill Milner, SON OF RAMBOW) wiles away his days tormenting his parents' elderly residents and secretly tape-recording them in search of answers about the afterlife. Edward finds a kindred spirit in Clarence (Michael Caine), the curmudgeonly, retired magician who begrudgingly takes up residence at the guest home. The two strike up an unlikely friendship that helps Clarence come to terms with losing his wife, and Edward finds a way out of his shell.

    Milner holds his own alongside veteran Caine with a biting yet charming performance. Anne-Marie Duff (NOTES ON A SCANDAL) and David Morrissey (BASIC INSTINCT 2) offer up moving support as Edward's working-class parents, who struggle to hold onto their marriage while making ends meet. The colorful cast of senior citizens, which includes seasoned actors Rosemary Harris (Aunt May from the SPIDERMAN films) and Karl Johnson (HOT FUZZ, ROME), provides some of the film's most melancholy and comic moments. Along with stellar performances from the impressive ensemble, IS ANYBODY THERE? is well-scripted and beautifully shot. Though it deals with some of life's toughest moments, this is a film that is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages.
  • Credits
    Michael Caine, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Bill Milner, Leslie Phillips, Elizabeth Spriggs, Rosemary Harris, Karl Johnson
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] memorable Michael Caine film....A finely drawn and gentle British drama propelled by another of the star's unforgettable screen portraits."
    Los Angeles Times

    "What balances the movie is Mr. Caine's exceptional portrayal of old age as the accumulation of a lifetime's experience. In his performance, the youthful rogue and the forgetful codger all live at once."
    New York Times

    3 stars out of 4 -- "Blending humor and heartbreak in a performance that makes a small movie a richly satisfying one, Caine truly is magic."
    Rolling Stone

    "Caine is magnificent....Milner is a promising actor, too, and the pairing of young and old is believable and occasionally very moving."
    Washington Post

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