Love, Ludlow

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Overview

Alicia Goranson, Brenden Sexton III, and David Eigenberg star in director Adrienne Weiss's affectionate tale of sisterly devotion versus romantic yearning. By day Myra (Goranson) has a reputation as hard-working temp who's not afraid to speak her mind, but by night the outwardly hardened office worker goes soft as she lovingly caters to the needs of her artistically driven but manic-depressive brother Ludlow (Sexton III). As Myra's growing relationship with kindly office employee Reggie (Eigenberg) begins to take...
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Overview

Alicia Goranson, Brenden Sexton III, and David Eigenberg star in director Adrienne Weiss's affectionate tale of sisterly devotion versus romantic yearning. By day Myra (Goranson) has a reputation as hard-working temp who's not afraid to speak her mind, but by night the outwardly hardened office worker goes soft as she lovingly caters to the needs of her artistically driven but manic-depressive brother Ludlow (Sexton III). As Myra's growing relationship with kindly office employee Reggie (Eigenberg) begins to take a turn for the serious, the resulting tug-of-war waged for waged for Myra's affection finds the emotional Ludlow attempting to sabotage his sister's burgeoning romance. Though Myra's devotion to her troubled brother has always thus far resulted in a virtually non-existent social life, the prospect of entering into a potentially serious relationship finds the put upon sister struggling to find a comfortable middle ground between her high-stress familial obligations and her increasingly complex personal life.
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Special Features

Biographies ; Deleted Scenes ; Photo gallery ; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
While movies about the conflicted life of the caretaker are nothing new, Love, Ludlow reminds us that a film doesn't have to be exceptionally innovative--or at all costly--to be wonderful. The actors in this delicate dramedy are what propel it from a cute indie production to a charmingly evocative and, more importantly, believable story. Most notably, Alicia Goranson's ability to tackle her character's thick accent and esoteric dialogue without creating an over-the-top caricature almost makes it a shame that this small, independent venture didn't have the exposure that may-well have spoiled it. Even when she talks tough, she radiates a warmth that draws us in to share in her on-screen experiences, from the butterflies of her new relationship to the devotion she shows her (intentionally nonspecifically) emotionally challenged brother. David Eigenberg shows equal restraint with a character that is cleverly written to have his own subtle but complex needs, making him much more than just The Guy, and Brendan Sexton III dances gracefully through the deal-breaking task of playing a character with a mental or emotional disability. The sets and locations are few, simple, and shot in close quarters, creating a feeling of intimacy (a primary focus of the play that the film is based on, which originally took place entirely within a small apartment). While the film indulges to some degree in the Miranda July/Jared Hess craze of dressing indie film actors in outlandishly out of date clothing to play up precociousness, and while a few brief appearances by peripheral characters can border on cliché, Love, Ludlow is much like its characters in that none of its flaws are any less than totally forgivable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • UPC: 085365622227
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Polychrome
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 79,601

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alicia Goranson Myra Smuldanski
David Eigenberg Reggie Baron
Brendan Sexton III Ludlow Smuldanski
Jay Patterson Storkelson
Andrea Mulala Carol
Allesandro Magan Waiter
Jessica Durdock New Temp
Ruby Holbrook Mrs. Fernster
Bernie Pollock Bernard
Technical Credits
Adrienne Weiss Director
Joshua Blum Producer
Kathleen Finch Asst. Director
Edwige Geminel Production Designer
Fred Helm Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Hobby Producer
Lyle Hysen Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Jordan Sound/Sound Designer
Ruben O'Malley Cinematographer
David L. Paterson Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Eric Pomert Editor
Tomandandy Score Composer
Melvyn I. Weiss Associate Producer
Angela Wendt Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Love, Ludlow
1. Life In Queens [5:55]
2. Getting to Know You [9:47]
3. How About Dinner? [12:11]
4. Getting Out [12:14]
5. The Keys [7:49]
6. Cereal Killer [5:24]
7. The Beach? [6:00]
8. Where Is He? [9:06]
9. Friends [7:36]
10. Laundry Resolution [8:17]
11. End Credits [3:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Love, Ludlow
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   Chapters
   Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Had a Moment
         Elevator Pollutron
         Smokey the Bear
         He Called You A Horse
         The Thing About Women
         Ludlow Laundromat
      Cast Biographies
         Alicia Goranson
         Brendan Sexton III
         David Eigenberg
         Jay Patterson
         Andrea Manlella
      Theatrical Trailer
      Photo Gallery
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love, Ludlow spikes the heart

    Love, Ludlow is a charming, inventive film about second chances in love for those who'd already resigned themselves to a life of loneliness. In fact, as the film opens, it is clear that each of the two main characters, Myra and Reggie, have warmed to their compromised lives of quiet desperation. When "chances" arise, both know only too well how to fling up the obligatory defenses to potential pain. When the would-be lovers meet, neither seems convinced that the effort to make something of it is worth the painful risks. And then, of course, for Myra there's Ludlow, her "troubled," live-in brother and the ultimate weapon to turn away those like Reggie who have the audacity to work their way into her life and heart. Can these two give their lives a second chance? And can the three, Reggie, Myra, and Ludlow, coexist? Screenwriter Paterson and director Weiss handle it all with humor, honesty, and a keen eye for detail. Much to recommend in this little Indie gem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A LOVE STORY WITH A DIFFERENT TAKE

    A quirky, funny and sad, story about two kinds of love. One between an ascerbic gal and a sweet guy, both lonely. Another between siblings, one in the role of caregiver. I saw it at The Sundance Festival with an overflow audience who loved it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny film, Slice of New York

    Caught this film at the Atlanta film Festival last Summer. Being from Queens, it was great to see some of my old neighborhood, and David Eigenberg, who was in SEX IN THE CITY really plays a funny and quirky character. And the Bald guy Storkelson guy is hysterical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See Movie

    Saw this at the stony brook film festival. Adrienne was amazing in her role. David Wigenberg was perfect and as in his all his role in sex and the city. Lots of laughs during this movie. The cast could not be any better, great casting. They were the right actors for this movie made from the play "Fingerpainting In a Murphybed". Can't wait to add this to my movie collection. A must have for anyone who loves NY and all crazy people who live here with us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something Special

    I really enjoyed this film, it's full of heart and the performances are great. Also, the cinematography is something special. I HIGHLY recommend this film as a Saturday night rental or a great gift for that filmy person that wants to stay ahead of the curve. - koleyr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A touching film about love and life

    I saw this film at Sundance and it immediately captured my heart with it's honesty and raw understanding of love and friendship. The characters and their relationships with one another are incredibly real, touching you deep within. The actors are true and the story is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great comedy

    Saw this film at the Sundance Film Festival. It stood out from the other indies because of the great 3rd dimension that the Ludlow character brings to the romantic comedy. Very sharp writing from David Paterson. I would highly recommend the film overall.

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