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Levity

Ed Solomon producer, director.; Richard N. Gladstein producer.; Adam J. Merims producer.; FilmColony (Firm), production company.; Sony Pictures Classics (Firm), presenter.; Studio Canal, presenter.

2003

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  • Title:
    Levity
  • Author: Ed Solomon producer, director.; Richard N. Gladstein producer.; Adam J. Merims producer.; FilmColony (Firm), production company.; Sony Pictures Classics (Firm), presenter.; Studio Canal, presenter.
  • Description: Manual Jordan (Billy Bob Thorton) is a man caught between two worlds: the one which existed before he was incarcerated, and the one into which he's released 22 years later. A yellowing newspaper photograph of 16-year-old convience store clerk Abner Easley - the boy Manual killed in a robbery gone terribly wrong - has stared down at him from the wall of his cell for more than two decades. Manual feels that his life sentence is just and deserved, so when - much to his surprise and even somewhat against his will - he's released, the aimless boy is now a lost man. Floating through the barely familiar wintry landscape of his childhood neighborhood, Manual is like a ghost hungry for atonement, seemingly alienated from everything except for his terrible memories of the day which changed not only his life, but that of so many others as well. He glides through this strange new world a man apart, his wraith-like aspect and deeply formal, barely articulate manner guaranteed to ensure solitude. Almost by accident - or fate - Manual is drawn into the life of an inner city community center run by the relentlessly tough, caring, and enigmatic pastor Miles Evans (Morgan Freeman). Miles offers Manual work in return for a room, and once again, Abner Easley's photo is prominently placed, reminding Manual to come to terms with his crimes, his past, his future, himself. While Manual tries to confront his past, Sofia Mellinger (Kirsten Dunst) is unable to deal with her present. A beautiful and privileged wreck of a young woman bent on self-destruction, she constantly requires Manual's reluctant assistnace to survive the short trip from the hip nightclub across the street to the safety of the community house next door. Ultimately Manual seeks to reconcile his painful past when he pursues a relationship with Adele Easley (Holly Hunter), the older sister of the boy he killed. Yet he finds himself unable to confess his true identity to her, especially as their relationship deepens. When Adele's troubled teenage son Abner - named after the younger brother she loved and lost - becomes enrolled in his own cycle of violence, Manual sees what might be one opportunity for true redemption. Twenty-two years of haunted introspection have taught Manual a brutal truth passed down since Cain slew Abel: the only one who truly understands the value of a human life ... is the one who has taken that life away.
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Sony Pictures Classics
  • Format: 1 online resource (101 minutes).
  • Subjects: Redemption -- Drama; Ex-convicts -- United States -- Drama; Murder victims' families -- Drama; Feature films; Fiction films
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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