For Ellen

For Ellen
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: So Yong Kim
  • Written by: So Yong Kim
  • Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone
  • UK release: 15 February 2013

Struggling musician Joby (Dano) is finalising his divorce from Claire (Levieva) when he realises that he's being asked to forfeit custody of his daughter Ellen (Mandigo). It's hard to care much about characters who've fallen out of love with each other, although a sequence where Joby tentatively bonds with his daughter is achingly tender.

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For Ellen

11 Feb 20133 stars

An occasionally moving portrait of a failed musician starring Paul Dano

So Yong Kim's modest, fitfully moving third feature launches us straight into the middle of a divorce. Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) is a struggling musician, the frontman of the appallingly monikered Snake Trouble. As the film begins, he's driving through…

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