December 29, 2006 (LA/NY)
, Rose Byrne
, Toni Collette
, Bruce Davison
, James Franco
, Marcia Gay Harden
, Mary Beth Hurt
, Piper Laurie
, Brittany Murphy
, Giovanni Ribisi
, Nick Searcy
, Mary Steenburgen
, Kerry Washington
Rated R for language, grisly images, and sexuality/nudity
The Dead Girl," the new film from acclaimed writer/director Karen Moncrieff ("Blue Car"), is a quintet of stories about seemingly unrelated people whose lives converge around the murder of a young woman.
"The Stranger" is about the woman (Toni Collette) who finds the body. The publicity generated by the discovery creates an opening for her to break away from her abusive mother's (Piper Laurie) control and form an unlikely bond with the mysterious Rudy (Giovanni Ribisi).
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A movie that is about a dead girl and yet at the same time not, The Dead
is an ensemble piece told in chapters, each of which intersect with
one another yet do not connect in the way you'd expect. Toni Collette, Brittany
Murphy, Marcia Gay Harden, Rose Byrne, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi
and more star in this independent film that exceeds expectations and turns what
could have been a simple story into one that is much more complex and meaningful.
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