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The Young Girl and the Monsoon (2001)

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Actor and author of the well-regarded book Screenwriting from the Heart, James Ryan makes his directorial debut with this character-driven romantic comedy. The film focuses on respected photojournalist and divorced father Hank (Terry Kinney), who has a proclivity toward covering remote and dangerous trouble spots, much to the irritation of his 13-year-old daughter Constance (Ellen Muth). At the same time, something seems to be gnawing at Hank. On the homefront, he is reluctant to commit to his beautiful 26-year-old girlfriend Erin (Mili Avital), while at work, he is equally hesitant to campaign for a prestigious Humanitas award for his photographs. Things come to a head when Constance comes to live with Hank while her mother goes on a three-month long honeymoon. This film was screened at the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival.

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Cast

Ellen Muth
as Constance
Diane Venora
as Giovanna
Christine Merlich
as Teenage Girl No. 1
Liana Ryan
as Teenage Girl No. 2
Lee Wong
as Waiter
Tina Flaherty
as Tina von Gal
James Ryan
as Man on Street
Patricia Francy
as Socialite
Connie Meehan
as Socialite
Richard Gibson
as Socialite
Brian Flaherty
as Socialite
Mark McKennon
as Man in Coffin
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Critic Reviews for The Young Girl and the Monsoon

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

Kinney is solid, as usual, but it is young Muth who gobbles up the screen.

July 20, 2001
Chicago Tribune
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This scattershot little movie doesn't have nearly enough going on in it.

Full Review… | May 21, 2001
Salon.com
Top Critic

A fine example of how a character-based story can be so compelling you don't miss the frills.

May 16, 2001
New York Daily News
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The strength of the film lies in Ryan's ability to make us care about all of his characters and to make them highly credible and specific.

May 14, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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One's admiration for the filmmaker's familial concerns offsets many of its shortcomings.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
Newsday
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Crackles dangerously to life whenever Constance (who narrates the film) is on the screen with her father Hank.

May 4, 2001
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Young Girl and the Monsoon

½

Awkward story about a photographer and father who juggles three relationships with the women in his life (lover, daughter, and associate), while undergoing a mid-life crisis of sorts.

Ted T
Ted T
½

Awkward story about a photographer and father who juggles three relationships with the women in his life (lover, daughter, and associate), while undergoing a mid-life crisis of sorts.

Ted Taber
Ted Taber
½

The film's one saving grace is 18-year-old Ellen Muth, who gives one of the screen's most natural, non-Hollywood portrayals of a child.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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