×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jolene

E.L. Doctorow's short story "Jolene" becomes a long, long movie under the direction of Dan Ireland.

With:
With: Jessica Chastain, Frances Fisher, Rupert Friend, Dermot Mulroney, Zeb Newman, Denise Richards, Theresa Russell, Michael Vartan, Chazz Palminteri.

E.L. Doctorow’s short story “Jolene” becomes a long, long movie under the direction of Dan Ireland, whose exploitatively graphic showcase of young thesp Jessica Chastain bids to revive his starmaking skills a dozen years after his near-great debut, “The Whole Wide World,” introduced auds to Renee Zellweger. Just as pole-dancing Jolene’s survival of countless sleazy suitors leads her more or less safely to Hollywood, so the talented lead’s well-timed wrapping of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” should offset any damage of a homevid-caliber pic that likely won’t travel further than its preem at the Seattle fest, which Ireland co-founded.

Though stretched to a two-hour run time, Doctorow’s socially critical tale is reduced to queasy spectacle as Bryce Dallas Howard lookalike Chastain bares all opposite a slew of actors that includes Frances Fisher as the butch lesbian guard of a “juvenile looney bin.” End credits’ acknowledgment of a post-production supervisor and “additional writing” by “Kwik Stop” helmer Michael Gilio hint at a struggle the film itself makes plain, while publicist Mickey Cottrell’s cameo turn as a doctor unwittingly foreshadows the surgical work needed to revive pic’s rep.

Jolene

Production: A Next Turn presentation of a Riva Yares production. (International sales: Intandem Films, London.) Produced by Yares, Zachary Matz. Directed by Dan Ireland. Screenplay, Dennis Yares, from the story "Jolene: A Life" by E.L. Doctorow.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Claudio Rocha; editor, Luis Colina; music, Harry Gregson-Williams; production designer, Bernt Amadeus Capra; art director, William Budge; set decorator, Nicole Lobart; costume designer, Gail McMullen. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 15, 2008. (In Seattle Film Festival -- Special Presentations.) Running time: 120 MIN.

With: With: Jessica Chastain, Frances Fisher, Rupert Friend, Dermot Mulroney, Zeb Newman, Denise Richards, Theresa Russell, Michael Vartan, Chazz Palminteri.

More Film

  • Svensk Filmindustri SF Studios logo

    Warner Bros, SF Studios Expand Distribution Deal Across Scandinavia

    Warner Bros. Pictures has expanded its distribution deal with SF Studios to include Sweden and have their movies released by the Nordic major through all of Scandinavia. Warner Bros. Pictures already has a distribution pact with SF Studios in Denmark, Norway and Finland. Under the partnership, SF Studios has been handling the sales, marketing and [...]

  • Nicole Kidman Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman to Star in Ryan Murphy's 'The Prom' at Netflix

    Ryan Murphy enlisted a star-studded cast for his upcoming Netflix movie “The Prom,” an adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells are among the A-listers bringing “The Prom” to screens. “The Prom” follows a lesbian student in the fictional conservative town of [...]

  • Viktor Dvorak, Anna Geislerova Join Vaclav

    Viktor Dvorak, Anna Geislerova Join Václav Havel Biopic

    Viktor Dvorak has been cast in “Havel,” a biopic of Václav Havel, as the Czech playwright, dissident and national leader. Anna Geislerova, who starred in Oscar nominated “Zelary,” plays his wife, Olga Havlova. Jiri Bartoska, the president of Karlovy Vary Film Festival, will appear in the film as “Professor,” inspired by Czech philosopher Jan Patocka. [...]

  • Daniel Craig

    'Bond 25' First Footage Sees Daniel Craig Back as 007

    After suffering a series of setbacks, including finding a new director and Daniel Craig’s on-set injury, “Bond 25” production is officially underway. A new behind-the-scenes clip of the upcoming James Bond film features Craig and helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga at work in the Caribbean. The minute-long footage didn’t reveal much about the still-untitled movie, though [...]

  • (L to R) Marco Graf as

    ‘Roma,’ ‘The Good Girls’ Top Mexico’s Ariel Academy Awards

    The Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences hosted the 61st edition of their Ariel Awards on Monday evening, where Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” and Alejandra Márquez Abella’s “The Good Girls” stood out among the winners. Perhaps the most surprising thing about Cuarón’s “Roma” scooping best picture is that it’s only the second of his films to [...]

  • The Eight Hundred (The 800)

    Already Pulled From Shanghai Festival, 'The Eight Hundred' Cancels Its China Release

    Already pulled from its prestigious spot as the opener of the Shanghai International Film Festival, war epic “The Eight Hundred” has been dealt a further below with the cancellation of its scheduled release in China next week. In a terse announcement on its official Weibo account, the film said late Tuesday that, “after consultation between [...]

  • Méndez Esparza, Fernando Franco, Villaronga Projects

    Projects By Mendez Esparza, Fernando Franco and Villaronga at Small Is Biutiful

    Antonio Méndez Esparza’s “Que nadie duerma,” Fernando Franco’s “La consagración de la primavera” and Agustí Villaronga’s “3.000 obstáculos” figure among the seven projects to be pitched at Paris’ Small Is Biutiful forum. The closing event for the alternative Spanish film festival Dífferent 12!, Small Is Biutiful takes place June 26, bringing together French distributors and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content