Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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Director: Stephen Daldry

Cast: Stephen Daldry, Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock


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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
After making a name for himself with the sleeper hit and multiple Oscar nominee Billy Elliot, director Stephen Daldry has focused on sober, serious-minded adaptations of highly regarded modern novels. The Hours and The Reader each scored Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, and they garnered Best Actress trophies for Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet, respectively. With that kind of pedigree, it's not surprising to see Daldry at the helm of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about the emotional fallout from 9/11 -- the big emotions and painful subject matter are what Daldry has built his career on. The movie stars youngster Thomas Horn, making his film debut, as Oskar Schell, a quirky, high-functioning autistic nine-year-old who is wracked with grief after the death of his father (Tom Hanks) in the World Trade Center attacks. Oskar felt that his dad was the only person who understood him, and after finding a key in his father's belongings, he sets off to solve the mystery of what it opens; eventually, he becomes convinced that it will reveal something important his father wanted to tell him. His journey prompts him to visit dozens of strangers in New York City, including a divorcing couple (Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright) and an elderly renter (Max Von Sydow) living near his grandmother. During his ongoing search, Oskar also struggles with the belief that his mother (Sandra Bullock) doesn't understand what he's feeling. To Daldry's credit, he's good at treating fraught emotions with sensitivity. The film could slip into shamelessly manipulative melodrama at almost any moment, and while he's certainly trying to wring tears from the viewers, he isn't being cynical about it -- Daldry seems as in need of a good cry as the audience. Daldry also benefits from good work from a pretty terrific cast. Horn has a difficult role that's more demanding than what most child actors ever face: He has to portray Oskar's detached, Asperger-like qualities (he's so precocious and odd that he's close to being a Wes Anderson creation), as well as emote the vulnerability and fear the character faces, and for the most part he pulls it off. He gets strong support from Bullock -- they have a huge fight about halfway through the movie that underscores that for all his quirkiness, Oskar is in real pain. And Bullock herself actually has the best scene in the movie, a final phone call with her husband as he's trapped at the top of one of the Twin Towers. But it's Max Von Sydow as the mysterious renter who steals every scene he's in. The character never speaks, and while Von Sydow doesn't devolve into silent-film mugging, his craggy face is still remarkably expressive. He savors the film's funniest scene, in which he annoys a rude person by ringing her doorbell, giving the audience some much-needed levity to balance out the rest of the film. The biggest problem with the movie is the central mystery of what the key opens. It turns out to be a storytelling device that's better in theory than in reality -- it's the kind of literary trope that works in a book, but strains credulity in a movie. It's a metaphor that diminishes in power in this setting, but the movie still works better than it should thanks to the actors and the sensitivity Daldry brings to the material. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close assumes an importance it doesn't live up to, but that doesn't mean it's without merit.

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Special Features

Making Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Director Stephen Daldry and others discuss the artistic challenges of translating the bestselling novel into the acclaimed film; ; Finding Oskar - Young newcomer and leading man Thomas Horn makes an extremely indelible impression on his award-winning costars and Director; ; Ten Years Later - The extraordinary circumstances surrounding a 9/11 victim's photo on the memorial wall are shared by filmmakers, family members, and Tuesday's Children Volunteers; ; Max Von Sydow: Dialogues with the Renter - An insightful documentary by the son of Oscar nominee Max von Sydow highlights his father's compellign performance, the collaboration with Director Stephen Daldry and the actor's friendship with his young costar

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Thomas Schell
Thomas Horn Oskar Schell
Sandra Bullock Linda Schell
Zoe Caldwell Oskar's Grandmother
Dennis Hearn Minister
Paul Klementowicz Homeless Man
Julian Tepper Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds Schoolboy
John Goodman Stan the Doorman
Max von Sydow The Renter
Stephen McKinley Henderson Walt the Locksmith
Lorna Pruce Locksmith Customer
Viola Davis Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright William Black
Hazelle Goodman Hazelle Black
Bernadette Drayton Prayer Group Woman
David Latham Prayer Group Man
Marty Krzywonos Piano Man
Jim Norton Old Mr. Black
Carmen M. Herlihy Denise Black
Ryka Dottavio Maris Black
Chloe Roe Stable Girl
Diane Cheng Fong Black
Gregory Korostishevsky Boris Black
Adrian Martinez Hector Black
Marco Verna E.S. Black
Brandon Jeffers Hamlet
Martin E. Brens Dick Black
Gustavo Brens Richard Black
Brooke Bloom Astrid Black
Rene Ojeda Ramos Black
Madison Arnold Alan Black
Henry Morales-Ballet Deli Customer #1
Bryse Gregory Deli Customer #2
William Youmans Bartender
Kit Flanagan Cassidy Black
Jenson Smith Aurelia Black
Ray Iannicelli Baz Black
Miguel Jarquin-Moreland B.G. Black
Benjamin McCracken Benjamin Black
Malachi Weir Malachi Black
John Joseph Gallagher Harlan Black
Sam Kaufman Minch
Stephen Kunken Teacher
Kim Rideout Business Woman
Chloe Elaine Scharf Business Woman's Daughter
Eva Kaminsky Security Guard
Christopher Hardwick Estate Sale Organizer
Kate Levy Woman at Estate Sale
Stephanie Kurtzuba Elaine Black
Catherine Curtin Leigh-Anne Black
Lola Pashalinski Mona Black
Clayton James Mackay Boy
Bailey Grey Girl
Alexandre Desplat Conductor

Technical Credits
Stephen Daldry Director
K.K. Barrett Production Designer
Eli Bush Co-producer
Celia Costas Executive Producer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Mark Hawker Special Effects
Tarik Karam Co-producer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects Supervisor
Ellen Lewis Casting
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Danny Michael Sound Mixer
Mele Nagler Casting
Ivana Primorac Makeup
Peter Rogness Art Director
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Mark Roybal Executive Producer
Scott Rudin Producer
Claire Simpson Editor
Nora Skinner Executive Producer
Marieke Spencer Associate Producer
Richard Styles Asst. Director
Jayne-Ann Tenggren Associate Producer
Pamela Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
1. Scene 1 [9:44]
2. Scene 2 [9:35]
3. Scene 3 [11:16]
4. Scene 4 [9:50]
5. Scene 5 [10:17]
6. Scene 6 [11:13]
7. Scene 7 [2:21]
8. Scene 8 [5:54]
9. Scene 9 [9:47]
10. Scene 10 [10:07]
11. Scene 11 [8:33]
12. Scene 12 [10:37]
13. Scene 13 [11:04]
14. Scene 14 [1:47]


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