Jolene

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Plot

A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.5/10 (938 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director:
Dan Ireland

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Frances Fisher, Rupert Friend

Storyline
A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Writers: Dennis Yares, E.L. Doctorow

Cast:

Jessica Chastain

Jolene


Frances Fisher

Cindy


Rupert Friend

Coco Leger


Dermot Mulroney

Uncle Phil


Zeb Newman

Mickey


Chazz Palminteri

Sal


Denise Richards

Marin


Theresa Russell

Aunt Kay


Michael Vartan

Brad


Shannon Whirry

Teacher


Drea Pruseau

Nurse


Mickey Cottrell

Dr. Bloomberg


Mary Jane Johnson

Mrs. Ames


Bri Acsani

Suicide Girl


Julie Sledge

Girl in Hospital

Taglines:
A life between the exit signs



Details

Official Website:
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Release Date: 3 Jan 2008

Filming Locations: Arizona, USA



Technical Specs

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Continuity:
When Jolene is working as a server at the outdoor banquet, she carries a tray with two Champagne glasses. One glass is full and one empty. The very next cut, she places the tray on a table, and both glasses are empty.



User Review

Jolene shines at the Seattle Film Fest

Rating: 9/10


Of all the films I saw at the 2008 Seattle International Film Fest,
"Jolene" is the one that stayed with me. Jessica Chastain gives a multi
layered, complex, superlative performance as the title character. A
girl drifting through her life looking for love in all the wrong
places. The film stays away from sentimental payoffs giving it a very
distinctive tone. Are we suppose to sympathize with Jolene? Dan
Ireland, the director, leaves that to us in another honest and
wonderful tale of longing and hope. From Rene Zellwegger in "The Whole
Wide World" to Joan Plowright in "Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont" Dan
Ireland has shown a remarkable flair to bring out the best on his
female characters and more. Frances Fisher gives an Academy Award
worthy performance in a part so far away from anything I've ever seen
her do that it took me a while to realize it was her. Michael Vartan,
Dermot Mulroney, Chazz Palmintieri and in particular Rupert Friend give
vivid, powerful performances. "Jolene" is unique in a year of sequels
and TV adaptations. I can't wait to see it again. Congratulations Mr.
Ireland and thank you for your passionated and coherent commitment to
the independent soul.