Luminous Motion

Luminous Motion

Director: Bette Gordon, Eric Lloyd, Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Kinney

Cast: Bette Gordon, Eric Lloyd, Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Kinney

     
 
Bette Gordon, who made her directorial debut in 1983 with Variety, returned 15 years later with this adaptation of Scott Bradfield's novel The History of Luminous Motion about an alcoholic mother. "Only two things mattered to me -- being with my mom and being in motion," says ten-year-old Phillip (Eric Lloyd), who teaches himself physics and biology as he's

Overview

Bette Gordon, who made her directorial debut in 1983 with Variety, returned 15 years later with this adaptation of Scott Bradfield's novel The History of Luminous Motion about an alcoholic mother. "Only two things mattered to me -- being with my mom and being in motion," says ten-year-old Phillip (Eric Lloyd), who teaches himself physics and biology as he's driven about by his mother Margaret (Deborah Kara Unger). After a car crash, they settle down with Hackensack hardware store owner Pedro (Terry Kinney). Phillip receives letters and phone calls from his dad (Jamey Sheridan). Eventually, mother and son leave Pedro to live on Staten Island -- where the boy meets some strange teens (James Berland, Paz De La Huerta), Pedro appears as a ghostly figure, and Phillip's father turns up. Shown at the 1998 Locarno Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Village Voice - Amy Taubin
...in its evocation of the pleasures and dangers of the maternal bond, Gordon's film is utterly fascinating and convincing.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
The story -- nuanced, shocking and slippery -- requires more than a literal-minded transcription of the novel, and Ms. Gordon performs the alchemical feat of turning it into visual poetry.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
UPC:
0720917529523
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:34:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Lloyd Phillip
Deborah Kara Unger Mom
Terry Kinney Pedro
Jamey Sheridan Dad
James Berland Rodney
Paz de la Huerta Beatrice
June Stein Ethel
Bruce MacVittie Norman

Technical Credits
Bette Gordon Director
Lisa Albin Production Designer
Paul Avery Art Director
Lesley Barber Score Composer
Scott Bradfield Screenwriter
Anthony Bregman Producer
Keiko Deguchi Editor
Adam Escott Asst. Director
Eugene Gearty Sound/Sound Designer
Elyse Goldberg Co-producer
Ted Hope Producer
Teodoro Maniaci Cinematographer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellen Parks Casting
Bobby Roth Screenwriter
Eric Rudin Executive Producer
Reilly Steele Sound/Sound Designer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. Love My Mother [5:48]
2. Fast as Starlight [6:09]
3. Full Time Job [8:03]
4. Birthday Present [6:31]
5. Things That Last [7:26]
6. Fresh Start [6:53]
7. Breaking the Deal [7:22]
8. Nature's Life Cycle [8:20]
9. Beautiful Smile [6:52]
10. Losing My Man [2:27]
11. Be Anyone [6:20]
12. In the Long Run [5:21]
13. Private Planet [3:12]
14. The Hard Song [5:55]
15. Always in Motion [3:22]
16. Nothing Less [4:20]

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