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In its portrayal of a woman's awakening and disillusionment, Forty Shades of Blue is as nuanced as its title would suggest. Read critic reviews

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After moving from Moscow to Memphis, Tenn., Laura (Dina Korzun) feels isolated living a new, privileged life with her boyfriend, Alan James (Rip Torn), a famous music producer. As time passes, Laura becomes increasingly lonely, while James carries on numerous affairs. When James's estranged son, Michael (Darren Burrows), visits for the first time in years, Laura's need for companionship and Michael's strained relationship with his father pull them into a tumultuous affair.

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  • Jun 27, 2013
    The film gets caught up in its own sadness. You appreciate the effort to bring out strong emotions but without any corresponding high, it ends up losing the audience.
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  • Sep 19, 2011
    A cantankerous music star's son visits for an awards ceremony then has an affair with his father's young wife. The highlight of this film is Dina Korzun's morose and oftentimes inscrutable performance; the few moments when her vulnerability shows through - crying in bed after having sex with her husband as an example - are captivating. The film's success, aside from her performance, is the mere creation of a mood, a consistent melancholy that becomes overbearing at times. Indeed, I thought the film was often too morose, too languid. And Rip Torn's character - not necessarily a fault to his performance - was inconsistent. For the first half of the film, he is an indomitable and harsh force, but he suddenly becomes human in the second act, and what once was reminiscent of James Coburn in <i>Affliction</i> turns into a gnarly mess of storytelling. And it can shove its freeze-frame ending up its ass. Overall, <i>Forty Shades of Blue</i> is a performance-driven art film that has damning inconsistencies.
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  • Jan 26, 2007
    Fabulous little indie film that concentrates on the kind of character who you usually only glimpse and then forget about in most films: in this case a Russian lover to a much older American man. The performances from Dina Korzun, Rip Torn and Darren Burrows are all Oscar worthy, and the film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. The photography is superb too - this is well worth a look and I can't wait for Ira Sachs next film...
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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