Torn (2013)



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An unexpected bond forms between two women when their sons are killed in an explosion at a local shopping mall. When the police find evidence of a bomb, one of the sons, a Muslim American, becomes the prime suspect, threatening the two mothers' new friendship and forcing them to question how well they knew their own children. Torn is a powerful dramatic journey that invites each of us to confront our own perceptions of the world and one another. Starring Mahnoor Baloch (Pakistani model, TV & film star in her U.S. film debut), Dendrie Taylor (The Fighter, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood and the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks), Faran Tahir (Iron Man, Star Trek, Elysium), John Heard (Chilly Scenes of Winter, Cutter's Way), Patrick St. Esprit (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Sons of Anarchy), Sharon Washington (Michael Clayton, Die Hard: With a Vengeance). The Bay Area-based production team was led by Michael Richter as writer/producer, and Jeremiah Birnbaum as director/producer. (c) Official Site
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Sharon Washington
as Agent Reese
Patrick St. Esprit
as Charles Pelletier
John Heard
as Inspector Kalkowitz
Jordon Parrott
as Eddie Pelletier
Sagar Parekh
as Walter Munsif
Shruti Terawi
as Nausheen
Joe Hakik
as Imam Abou Nabih
Gregory Freiberg
as Chris Mason
Vilma Vitanza
as Eleanor
Craig Marker
as Mall Security Guard
Karen Kahn
as District Attorney
Jim Hechim
as Pool Player
Karl Anthony
as Officer Williams
Brian Danker
as FBI Agent
Brian Degan Scott
as Bomb Squad
Charles A. Post
as Skater Punk
Robert George Nelson
as Police Captain
Celik Kayalar
as Imam Mahmoud
Jeffrey Weissman
as Mr. Angr
Robert Parnell
as Press Reporter
Bruce Blau
as Mortician
Vint Carmona
as Neighbor
Jeremiah Peartree
as Bartender
Jacob Richter
as Boy in Mall
Amee McCrary
as Judi Barton
Dana Dowell
as Female Cop
Janelle Marie
as Female Cop
Maaika Westen
as TV Reporter
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It's a portrait of grief and devastation, and also of the ways in which the police and media can jump to conclusions and feed off of the public's anger and confusion.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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A post-post-9/11 melodrama that only occasionally lives up to its noble ambitions.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It does something a lot of better-financed Hollywood movies don't: It makes you think.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

"Torn" sensitively explores the aftermath of a mall bombing through the eyes of two mothers who each lost a teenage son in the explosion.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Michael Richter's intimate script traverses this mercurial territory without veering into hysterics-a great accomplishment.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Directed by Jeremiah Birnbaum, Torn dissects the tenacity with which the media can jump on a story, manipulating the facts to suit a certain narrative, and by doing so, exposing buried prejudices in ourselves.

Full Review… | July 17, 2015
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This movie spends every moment preparing you to accept no closure. But, hold out for the ending. Just. In. Case.

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