Tenderness

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  • Thrillers
It opens, predictably, with a tender kiss, before we’re introduced to the film’s trio of seriously depressed players: a mixed-up teenage girl, Lori (Sophie Traub); a semi-retired cop (Russell Crowe, sleepwalking); and an unhappy lad, Eric (Jon Foster), who may or may not have slaughtered his parents. When Eric is released from prison, Lori (who, it transpires, is besotted with him) joins him on a road trip…

When the soundtrack isn’t bracketing the depressing emotional scenes with airy strings, it’s all eerie and tense, as if to imply that something awful might occur. But after 80 minutes of plot holes, ambiguous meanderings through the New York countryside and some of the most inconsequential dialogue ever uttered, you’ll be gasping for some action.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 26 2009
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Polson
Screenwriter: John Polson
Cast: Russell Crowe
Sophie Traub
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