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Emoticon ;) (2014)

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Elena Gallenti (Livia De Paolis) is an anthropology graduate student struggling to compete her thesis on 'modern means of communication.' All that changes when she meets her new boyfriend's (Michael Cristofer) teenage kids (Miles Chandler and Diane Guerrero), who are going through their own journeys of self-discovery. Through these relationships and the help of her PhD advisor (Carol Kane), Elena comes to a better understanding of how to navigate love and intimacy in the digital age. Ultimately they develop a bond that strikes a balance between the old world and the new, and everyone's longing to find true emotional sense in both. (C) Indican

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Cast

Livia De Paolis
as Elena Gallenti
Michael Cristofer
as Walter Nevins
Miles Chandler
as Luke Nevins
Diane Guerrero
as Amanda Nevins
Carol Kane
as Hannah Song
Alyson Lange
as Phoebe's Friend
Eric Nelsen
as Seth Ryan
Jason Liebman
as Professor Aaron
Gameela Wright
as Pharmacist
Luis Vega
as Waiter
Pedro Cousiou
as Washington Heights DJ
Max Fried
as Rappers
Sabra Yael
as Mom With Baby
Lindsay Marcus
as Trapeze Girl
Theodore Preyale
as Luke's Friend
Tim Erbach
as Luke's Friend
Marcel Rudin
as Luke's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Emoticon ;)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

"Emoticon ;)" is stuffed with complexities. So why does it feel as facile as that irksome title?

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

In wildly disparate plot lines, Guerrero and Chandler easily command sympathy, but De Paolis doesn't let the sibling characters roam very far.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Livia De Paolis's too cutely titled debut feature wears its themes a little too baldly on its sleeve, but this modest effort about a non-nuclear family dealing with various interpersonal crises boasts some genuinely effective, understated moments.

May 28, 2014 | Full Review…

A grown-up's weird idea of how kids behave.

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Human connections trump technology in social media drama.

May 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Professionally mounted and attractively lensed, this indie production is a fresh, off-the-beaten-path conceit that gets mileage from its willingness to examine notions of non-nuclear family and changing identity.

June 12, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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