Forty Shades of Blue (2005)



Critic Consensus: In its portrayal of a woman's awakening and disillusionment, Forty Shades of Blue is as nuanced as its title would suggest.

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"Forty Shades of Blue" tells the story of Laura, a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock n' roll legend, and the personal awakening she experiences in the wake of her unfortunate affair with his estranged son.
R (for sexuality and language)
Art House & International , Drama
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Rip Torn
as Alan James
Dina Korzun
as Laura
Red West
as Duigan
Liz Morton
as Cindy
Christy Hamilton
as Tennis Player
Andy Henderson
as Sam James
Arielle Kight
as Teenage Singer
J. Blackfoot
as J. Blackfoot
Rich Parham
as Banquet Dancer
J. Alan Scott
as Press Photographer
Earl Randle
as Old Timer
Charles Skip Pitts
as Charles Skip Pitts
Don Pirl
as Man at Peabody Bar
Todd Malta
as Waiter
Howard Keltner
as Sales Consultant
Jennifer LaCapra
as Woman With Tom
Charles J. Ingram
as Restaurant Owner
Lillie White
as Minnie
Mimmye Goode
as Nursery School Parent
Forest Pruett
as Studio Engineer
Claude Phillips
as Tennis Club Valet
Stan Prachniak
as Lake Party Bartender
Archie Mitchell
as Lake Party Reveller
Steve Potts
as Banquet Musician
David Smith
as Banquet Musician
Ronnie Williams
as Banquet Musician
Michael Toles
as Banquet Musician
Jim Spake
as Banquet Musician
Scott Thompson
as Banquet Musician
Jim Dickinson
as Lake Party Musician
Sid Selvidge
as Lake Party Musician
Sam Shoup
as Lake Party Musician
Tommy Burroughs
as Lake Party Musician
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Critic Reviews for Forty Shades of Blue

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18)

It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.

February 2, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Subtle and morose to a fault, in the end it's just Junebug, another Sundance downer, without the heart.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Ira Sachs' story of hereditary malaise, passed from father to son, will disappoint anyone looking for a propulsive narrative or slam-bang excitement. But it will amply reward patient viewers who prefer a slow burn.

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson.

Full Review… | November 3, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Forty Shades of Blue hits you like a shot of moonshine whiskey. Right in the gut, with a buzz that just keeps going.

November 3, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Forty Shades of Blue


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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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 Affliction turns into a gnarly mess of storytelling. And it can shove its freeze-frame ending up its ass. Overall, Forty Shades of Blue is a performance-driven art film that has damning inconsistencies.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads. But even though the characters are going through significant life crises, we're given no particular reason to like them or be interested.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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