|| MOVIE || ANSWERS TO NOTHING
|| ROLE || Lead
|| AS || Kate, a woman consumed by her desire to have a baby. Her determination to get pregnant keeps her from confronting her husband’s infidelity. She is a lawyer who tries to throw herself into a particularly hard case.
|| RELEASE DATE || December 2, 2011 12:00 am || Theaters Listing ||
|| FIRST SCREENING || At Woodstock Film Festival on September 22, 2011
|| RUNTIME || 123 minutes
|| MPAA Rating || R for some strong sexual content, nudity, violence and language.
|| GENRE || Drama
|| FILMING LOCATION || Los Angeles
|| NEWS || Updates
|| DVD || BUY
|| FILMING SCHEDULE || “She will finish V’s first few episodes in early November (2010), fly to Los Angeles to do a quick movie, and then to Hawaii for Lost.” – Source: ScifiWire
| TAGLINE ||
– Sometimes its the small steps we take in life that reveal themselves later to be the most courageous ones.
– Redemption comes in pieces
|| REVIEWS PAGE || Read more ||
|| BOX OFFICE || Total Gross: $22,029 || Details ||
|| CAST ||
Elizabeth Mitchell as Kate
Dane Cook as Ryan
Julie Benz as Frankie
Barbara Hershey as Marilyn
Zach Gilford as Evan
Kali Hawk as Allegra
Eric Palladino asJerry
Mark Kelly as Carter
Miranda Bailey as Drew
singer Aja Volkman as Tara
|| CREW ||
Directed by: Matthew Leutwyler
Story by: Matthew Leutwyler
Screenplay by: Matthew Leutwyler & Gillian Vigman
Produced by: Amanda Marshall & Sim Sarna
|| PRODUCTION || Ambush Entertainment
|| DISTRIBUTION || Roadside Attractions
|| THE PLOT || Intertwining stories exploring the bad in the best of us and the good in the worst of us. Against the backdrop of a child abduction case we follow five days in the life of a woman whose determination to get pregnant keeps her from confronting her husband’s infidelity, her best friend a single parent detective assigned to the case of the child abduction, a school teacher and his obsession with the missing child that pushes him to the edge of vigilantism, a beat cop grieving over the violent death of his wife, a recovering addict and her wheel chair bound brother preparing for the LA marathon, and a self-loathing African American TV writer’s search for love.
|| DETAILED PLOT || Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don’t always see.
Ryan and Kate are in a strained marriage. They are trying to have a baby, but instead of bringing them closer together the difficulties are tearing them apart. Two strangers, sharing a home, they each lead private lives unbeknownst to each other. Ryan, grew up listening to the impossible romantic story of his grandparents’ courtship, but isn’t even sure he believes in love. He hates his mother for believing that his father is coming back, even though he left her 10 years ago, and he hates himself for following in his father’s steps of infidelity.
Tara is a young singer at the center of Ryan’s infidelity who despite all her ferocious self-confidence on stage can’t seem to stand up for herself when it comes to Ryan.
Despite his inability to take care of his own personal life, Ryan is a therapist who tries to help others find their way. Allegra is his patient who is trying to understand her own type of self hatred — the resentment of her own race. Uncomfortable in her own skin, she’s the only black staff writer on the first-season TV show “Labor Pains.” She sees Ryan to try to come to terms with her inner struggles but ultimately finds what she’s looking for when she meets Evan, the manager at the club where Tara regularly performs. Evan is a distracted daydreamer and a hopeless romantic who has seemingly been “preparing” for years to be the ideal boyfriend for the girl he finally meets. He meets Allegra while posting signs about a lost dog he found.
Meanwhile Kate carries the burden of desperately wanting a child in ways she can’t express to Ryan or her best friend Frankie. She secretly buys baby clothes and hides them away. As a lawyer, she tries to throw herself into a particularly hard case involving Drew, a recovering alcoholic battling her parents for custody of her severely disabled brother, a former marathon runner. As the court date approaches Drew is determined to run the only major race her brother never ran, the LA Marathon, and push him in his wheelchair across the finish line.
Meanwhile the case of a missing 11 year-old girl continues to play out on television and Frankie, the lead detective, is taking this one personally. A single, divorced mom of a girl the same age, she has a hard time separating the personal and the professional. And she isn’t the only one. Carter is a teacher at Frankie’s daughter’s school. Carter feels like a doormat in much of his life and the missing girl case makes him feel even more helpless. Soon the heroic deeds he engages in at night in the virtual world of his online video game begin to inspire him to do the same in the real world. Fantasy and reality begin to blur leading him to confront his neighbor living down the hallway of his apartment building. Jerry is a beat cop and recent widower who spends much of his day visiting random wakes of others who have lost someone just to listen to the eulogies.
Carter wants to know why the man who appears to be a prime suspect has not been taken into custody. Jerry tries to explain that there are legal procedures that need to be considered but all this does is lead Carter to attempt to take the law into his own hands.
|| What Elizabeth said about the movie ||
- “Playing a hormonal woman whose marriage is shaky and who has lost her way through her ultimate obsession—I love stuff like that. That’s where I live. The movie is a little bit like Magnolia where you get this glimpse into people’s lives and it may not be exactly what you want to see, but it is accurate.” from EW
- “I just saw it!What a sweet character. What a mess. It’s a little like Magnolia, people moving through their lives, with despair, with passion, with fear and with grace. It’s a cool little movie, I’m very happy I did it.” From MUSIC FASHION MAGAZINE
- I play a wife who is in a tenuously unhappy relationship and is trying to have a baby. There are a lot of little things that happen here and there and it’s a huge ensemble in the truest sense of the world. From AFTER ELLEN
- Sometimes, you get to play a role where its’ all in the words, and all in the writing. It’s all just lyrical and beautiful and you just live here. That’s what I got to do with my character, Kate. I don’t know when [audiences] will see it – I just saw it because they sent me a copy. I loved my little character and that she was such a tragic person. I truly loved it. From AFTER ELLEN