• For Ellen (2012)

For Ellen

Release Date: September 5th, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2013

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

A struggling musician (Paul Dano) tries to pull himself together and fight for shared custody of his young daughter (Shaylena Mandigo).

Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shaylena Mandigo, Dakota Johnson, Alex Mauriello, Julian Gamble

Director: So Yong Kim

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Deerjen Films

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development. Her "Treeless Mountain," the Korea-set saga of two young sisters, was also quiet and open-ended. But the interplay between the two girls provided warmth and depth. For Ellen feels both colder and slighter. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This performance, unlike anything Paul Dano has ever done, must have required some courage. It requires an actor to cast aside all conceits of performance, presence, charisma and even timing. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The scant character development is not enhanced by the film's directorial style. show more

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