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An Invisible Sign (2011)



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Young Mona idolizes her father, a brilliant mathematician. When he suddenly demonstrates signs of mental illness, Mona begins to obsess about numbers, using them to interpret an unpredictable and threatening world. Now an adult (Jessica Alba), Mona's old superstitions and compulsive behaviors continue to flourish, but a new job as an elementary school math teacher (a position she both relishes and dreads), may force her out of her protective shell. With imagination and humor, as well as a special sensitivity to the realities of mental illness, AN INVISIBLE SIGN carries a magic all its own. -- (C) IFC Filmsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material and some disturbing images)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pamela Falk, Michael Ellis, Michael Ellis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 2011
IFC Films - Official Site


Jessica Alba
as Mona Gray
Chris Messina
as Ben Smith
J.K. Simmons
as Mr. Jones
Bailee Madison
as Young Mona
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Critic Reviews for An Invisible Sign

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Agrelo clumsily attempts to play jaunty larkiness against somber situations.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Alba certainly tries her best at portraying not just a beauty but also a beautiful mind, yet very few things add up despite director Marilyn Agrelo's efforts.

Full Review… | May 7, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Cuter than a basket of puppies licking a litter of kittens, "An Invisible Sign" is an excruciatingly whimsical collision of adult themes and kid-friendly aesthetic.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

What's the sign for boredom?

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Offhandedly charming, if a bit labored in its eccentricity.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Top Critic

When an errant ax lands in Alba's thigh, the film goes from inept to kind of brilliantly bad; it's a teachable moment, though lessons learned may vary.

Full Review… | May 3, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for An Invisible Sign

Tries desperately to be a quirky indie drama, but all the oddball characters and twee songs in the world can't save this dull and mostly pointless mess. Only diehard fans of Jessica Alba should try sitting through this, and trust me, it's still going to be tough.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

This film took me by surprise. From the trailer, I wasn't expecting much. However, after watching the film, it took me pleasantly by surprise. I thought it was really well done.

This happens to be one of Jessica Alba's best performances so far. She definitely shines here. She has a good on screen chemistry with Chris Messina. Chris is good here too. John Shea and J.K. Simmons provide some solid supporting work here.

I definitely recommend this film.

Sol C

Super Reviewer


One of the quirkiest films you will ever see! Jessica Alba tackles a different kind of role then we are used to seeing her in, and she is absolutely fantastic. Despite the subject matter, An Invisible Sign is surprisingly heartfelt and witty. This kind of flew under the radar, but I strongly recommend checking it out.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

An Invisible Sign Quotes

Ben Smith: Are you avoiding me, Ms. Gray?
Mona Gray: I thought I dropped something out of the window.
Ben Smith: Like what? A quadratic equation.
Mona Gray: More like a decimal point.
– Submitted by Jason R (4 years ago)

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