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Plot: In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 18 Aug 2016
Some of the most outstanding dialog in a movie (by phd_travel)
It's so good to watch a movie where the dialog is outstanding - funny heartbreaking, frustrating and meaningful. Really listen to the dialog. There are some scenes which are just so outstanding - the first meeting in the dean' office and then when the mother talks to her son about his father and then his girlfriend. The characters are not stereotypical. The Jewish protective father instead of mother is an interesting thing to watch. Although the issues are 50s issues, this is not an old fashioned or irrelevant movie. The acting is so good I only thought about the themes and message of <more>
the story later on.Logan Lerman's sensitive face is just right for this role. The character could seem stubborn and annoying if another actor had played him, but Logan has a likability that overcomes that. Sarah Gadon as the girl he loves is fascinating to watch as the well mannered but damaged beauty. An unforgettable character. Tracy Letts as the dean plays it just right - not a caricature of conservatism but another fascinating creature to watch. Linda Emond is restrained and effective as the worried mother.This is a serious movie with some unexpected humor in between. A must watch - one of the best dramas in recent years.
The decision is in, this is a great one! (by ccorral419)
Well respected Producer James Schamus "Brokeback Mountain", "HULK", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" leaps into the directors chair with ease and beauty, presenting a youth oriented torrid love story set against the Korean War. At the heart of the film is Marcus Logan Lerman - "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" 2012 , a young Jewish boy searching for the meaning of life, death and love. His attraction, Olivia Hutton Sarah Gadon - "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" , is herself at odds with society. While the two fight for their existence, Dean <more>
Caudwell Tracy Letts - Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of "Killer Joe" and "August: Osage County" and Marcus' mother Ester Linda Emond are present to question their every move. Under Schamus'superb direction, the film moves slowly and deliberately, enabling every nuance of each characters story to build with tension and angst, keeping the audience wondering if and when the characters may implode. Based on the novel by Philip Roth which I haven't read , Schumas has written an outstanding story, featuring top rated dialogue exchanges between Marcus, Dean Caudwell and his mother. Set in 1951 Ohio, Cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt and Costumes by Amy Roth enable the film to feel comfortable and familiar. Marcus' classmates Philip Ettinger and Ben Rosenfield, and his father Max Danny Bursting , are perfect contradictions to everything Marcus believes in. "Indignation" is a grown-up film that beautifully captures youth oriented angst of family, friends, love and purpose. Don't miss this one! Award recognition is sure to follow here.
Great Acting, But Very Depressing.. (by angelsunchained)
What can I say? This movie started out like a seemingly carefree experience about college life in the repressed early 1950s. Somewhere along the line, it does a complete about face and becomes an extremely serious take on pre-material sex, interfaith romance,the belief or lack of in God, the misfortunes of war and destiny. The performances were all outstanding and captured the morals and the social structure of the early 1950s. At times, some scenes were a bit long and slightly dull, but this reflects on the concept of this film....life can be dull and boring until one opens up their being to <more>
new experiences. Wuthout giving the ending away, it is a surprise and extremely depressing. I like happy endings and unfortunately, this film ending ranks as one of the most depressing in film history. Still, if you love great acting, see this film. 10 out of 10.
RATING: ☆☆☆☆½ out of 5 THIS FILM IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. IN BRIEF: An underrated film that deserves to be seen...one of the year's best dramas. GRADE: A- SYNOPSIS: In 1951, a young Jewish man goes to college to avoid the Korean War and falls in love with serious consequences. JIM'S REVIEW: Based on Philip Roth's novel, Indignation tells the familiar story of a young repressed Jewish man falling in love or lust with a beautiful Gentile woman in the 1950's era. A rehash of Goodbye Columbus without the comic edge and irony, this film follows a similar outline by the <more>
same author, but is far more solemn and serious in its treatment. This is typical Roth territory in which our hero will try to overcome the obstacles placed in his path as fate deals its upper hand. ￼Marcus Messner Logan Lerman is an intellectual loner. Yearning to escape from his domineering Jewish family, he goes off to a conservative Christian college rather than fighting in the Korean War. It is there he meets Olivia Sarah Gadon , a beautiful blonde vision of loveliness and their first date leads to a budding romance. It is also there that he encounters an omnipotent and powerful head dean, Dean Caudwell Tracy Letts, in a powerful performance, but more on that later , who has great difficulty coming to terms with this all too rational and radical student and avowed atheist. The screenplay adaptation by James Schamus, who also directed the film, is first rate. It allows the characters to intellectualize their philosophies with such eloquence. The film starts off a bit too leisurely but establishes characters and place so effortlessly. The film structure begins as a flashback with narrative voice-over that doesn't really make much sense until its full circle ending, with one of the most powerful closing shots that emotionally left me gasp. Mr. Schamus' literate script aligns with his skillful direction, as this talented filmmaker captures the mindset of this nostalgic but troubled era in an understated fashion. Speaking of fashions, the costume design by the gifted Ann Roth is a visual treat as well. ￼About the midway point, there is a remarkable dramatic scene that highlights the glorious direction, screenplay, and acting unlike any other film thus far this year. It is a rather lengthy confrontation between our idealist liberal young hero sparring with a smug conservative dean. The teacher becomes intellectually inferior to his student as their conversation continues. The tension builds ominously and slowly in this cat-and mouse gamesmanship, maneuvering from one point of view to the next. It is startling its its subtlety and impact. Simply put, it is the highlight of this film and one of the most engrossing scenes one will see this year in any film. ￼The acting is superb. Mr. Lerman as Marcus is perfectly cast and carries off the innocence of youth angle in this coming-of-age tale. This actor commands the screen and makes his character quite believable and caring. His love interest played by Ms. Gadon definitely looks the part, but her acting skills never reach the depth of her written character. She needed to be that 50's female icon, a Grace Kelly type, but comes off as a second-tier Kim Novak or a third -rate Cybil Shepard. She's good, but not good enough when compared to the stellar acting by others in this movie. The film is populated with top-notch Broadway veterans in supporting roles who certainly know their way around a script. Danny Burstein plays Marcus' over-protective father and he is so strong in his nuanced acting that one wishes he had more screen time. Adding fine support in smaller roles are Ben Rosenfield and Pico Anderson. ￼But there are two truly great performances that deserve award recognition: Linda Emond as Esther, Marcus' loving mother, who has a wonderful speech as she tries to steer her son into making the right decision. It is delivered with such skill and passion. Tracy Leets as the egotistical and bigoted Dean Caudwell, is a marvel, creating one of the most terrifying teacher role models since J.K. Simmon's sadistic teacher in Whiplash. The hatred and intolerance of others is so condensed in Mr. Leets' body language and facial expressions that the end results counteract his words in the most unsettling manner. Oscar voters, are you listening? ￼The film's theme about life' s choices, about the road we take or did not take, about the small detours that can have consequences which will eternally haunt our existence, is foremost in this thought-provoking story. Mr. Schamus has made an compelling case with his wonderful debut, Indignation. Let us hope this independent film makes a compelling reason with the movie-going audience for compulsory viewing and is not lost amid the blockbusters and cinematic hyperbole that is usually the par for the summer course. Run to see this film while you can! It demands your attention!
Fitting certain decades into neat little categories are repeated often enough that they have become unquestioned clichés, for example, the 50s were an age of conformity, the 60s an age of youth revolt, and the 70s the so-called "Me Generation." As in all generalizations, there is some aspect of truth even when there is a different reality that does not fit into the stereotypes. Based on the novel by Philip Roth, first-time director James Schamus' Indignation is the story of an individual who was willing to challenge prevailing attitudes. Marcus Messner Logan Lerman is a young <more>
Jewish intellectual brought up in a liberal environment who struggles to find his voice in an Ohio college that is a bastion of social conservatism.Set in 1951 in Newark, N.J., tired of having to cope with the anxieties of his parents, dad Max Danny Burstein , a kosher butcher, and mom Esther Linda Emond about going off to fight in the Korean War, Marcus enrolls on a scholarship to the fictional Winesburg College in Ohio, a school whose social and cultural attitudes present a hefty challenge. Marcus is intellectually precocious but socially constrained and sexually repressed and the breakout performance by Logan Lerman "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" fully captures him in all his Rothian complexity.The fact that he has two Jewish roommates, Bert Ben Rosenfield and Ron Philip Ettinger is of very little comfort since they are both obnoxious hypocrites. Marcus is very cautious about his social activities, declining an invitation by Sonny Cottler Pico Alexander to join the Jewish fraternity. When he goes on a date with Olivia Hutton Sarah Gadon , an "experienced" blond-haired Gentile who shocks him by performing oral sex on him, an action in which the confused Marcus wasn't sure if he was coming or going. Overly concerned about what may have been the damage to his Cadillac LaSalle that Marcus borrowed, Ron reacts by punching his roommate in the mouth. Needless to say, this does not endear him to his dorm mates and prompts Marcus to find quieter living arrangements - by himself.This action prompts a call from the self-righteous Dean Caudwell Tracy Letts to come in for an interview that takes fifteen minutes of screen time, a tour-de-farce sic which is both sad and funny and a master class in turning verbal sparring into an art form. While the Dean takes a welcome interest in Marcus, the interview turns into a riff on the Spanish Inquisition as the student is bombarded with questions about his application for school - why his father's occupation was listed as "butcher" rather than as "kosher butcher," why he did not put Jewish as his religious preference, why he couldn't work out his differences with his roommates, and why he has had only one date since school started. The only thing he wasn't asked is whether or not he was circumcised.Sputtering and obsequious at first, Marcus gains strength as the interview goes on. Showing that, as Romain Rolland put it in "Jean-Christophe," he is not a sheep but a wolf that has teeth and wasn't made for the pasture, he lets the good Dean know in no uncertain terms that, as an atheist, he resents being forced to attend chapel services at least ten times a year and vigorously asserts his atheism by citing Bertrand Russell whose character the Dean attacks , and lets the old boy know that he is his own man and that if he wants to move away from his insufferable roommates, he will do just that. Vomiting on the Dean's trophies and collapsing from the pain of an appendicitis attack was not in his plan, however, but life has a way of deciding the lessons it wants to teach.Marcus is unwilling to let the good times roll and his relationship with Olivia takes a darker turn when he finds out that she has had a troubled past and once tried to commit suicide, though we never learn any details. Though their connection is deep and Marcus is a young man whose head is screwed on right, his continued revolt against authority and conflict with his parents does not serve him well. As philosopher Henri Bergson said, "Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance." Though Indignation is a slow burn that keeps the lid on its emotions, it ultimately succeeds in moving us deeply. Much more than another corporate product with an uplifting message to make sure that waterworks turn into greenbacks, it is a sincere and heartfelt film that illuminates the struggle against a suffocating conformity, a struggle that is just as relevant today as it was in 1950.
Roth, intelligent storytelling and an amazing character actor (by johngriffin0928)
I was on the road researching a book on Texas barbecue when I read Philip Roth's novel, Indignation. I had managed to shelve it away in my brain until I saw a movie of the same title playing at a second-run movie house near me. Could it be? Yes, it was the same story. Better than it, the sleek yet powerful prose made its way onto the screen with its integrity intact. And you know what? A crowd of about 30 of us sat rapt for 110 minutes. Nobody talked until the credits rolled, but everybody laughed at the appropriate moments and there were even a few well-placed gasps of surprise. A good <more>
story, an intelligent script and a fine cast will work that magic. Give yourself an evening to find out.The cast is so perfect that I have to single out one performer as an example of the great work provided by all. Danny Burstein plays a father so proud of his own son and so worried by his son's future in an uncertain world marked by war that he seems to be descending into madness. The actor is harrowing to watch because you can feel all the love that burns inside of him and that he just can't bring himself to express properly. Maybe it would not be manly or maybe he doesn't know the right words or maybe he just doesn't think he needs to say anything directly. Yet we can feel his every fear, his mixture of hope and despair, his pride, his love, his frustration. Wow.
Greetings again from the darkness. Quite often, Hollywood "period pieces" feel dated and somewhat irrelevant to our world today – as if they were a snapshot from an old magazine. But the best ones transport us to a different era while also serving up themes and characters that are just as interesting and germane today as then and that's what we have here.First time director James Schamus founder of Focus Features is an Oscar nominated producer Brokeback Mountain and writer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , and he tackles the popular 2008 Philip Roth novel one that <more>
the 83 year old novelist admits to being influenced by his own college years. Mr. Roth has been writing novels for more than 50 years and won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 "American Pastoral".Taking on the lead role of college-bound Marcus Messner is Logan Lerman an actor who has been on screen since he was 8 years old, and seems to have the eternal youth DNA so sought after by Ponce de Leon. While his looks haven't changed much since the "Percy Jackson" films or the excellent The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Lerman shines here as the working class Newark Jewish boy, smothered by his parents, and as naive to the world as he is academically gifted.It's 1951 and too many neighborhood boys are arriving back home in pine boxes after serving in the Korean War. Marcus' father Danny Burstein is a kosher butcher and is half of the hyper-cautious parental unit that is alternatively thankful and frightened that their son is avoiding serving in the military by heading off to ultra-conservative and fictional Winesburg College in Ohio.Once on campus, Marcus discovers little of the hoped-for freedom. Mandatory chapel attendance, roommates assigned via religious leanings, and the expectations of joining the Jewish fraternity and hanging out with his own kind combine to be only a different kind of emotional stifling than what he had at home. A series of events serve to shake up Marcus and his beliefs. Date night with his dream girl from the library ends with him being both repulsed and enchanted by a sexually assertive Olivia Sarah Gadon . An argument with his lughead roommates ends with his being given the worst dorm room on campus. Meeting with the College Dean Tracy Letts results in an exhilarating debate that will surely be treasured by all who adore wordplay and oratory sword-fighting. Finally, an emergency appendectomy brings a hospital visit from Marcus' mother Linda Emond , and a conversation that drastically alters the course of his life.The conservative social mores of the 1950's are on full display, as is the restlessness of the young who would change society forever. Fear would be replaced with daring, and the film does a terrific job of highlighting how revolution often comes at a high price. Bookended by war scenes that dramatize the fine line between civilized society and the brutality of war, it all comes together bringing more power and poignancy to the two best scenes: as previously mentioned, Letts and Lerman go mano y mano in arguing the brilliance of Bertrand Russell, and their word battle highlights the age-old idealist vs. real world struggles; a mother-son scene towards the end is as heart-breaking as any we're likely to see on screen this year. Mr. Letts, Ms. Emond and Ms. Gadon all work well with Logan Lerman in order to provide an excellent presentation of Roth's novel and Schamus' first film.
LJ's QR: Logan Lerman's Best Performance (by ljsmovies)
LJ'S QUICK MOVIE REVIEW "Indignation", set in 1951, follows the story of Marcus Logan Lerman and his struggles with love and religion. Although his parents Jewish, Marcus is an atheist and often is at odds with his family, school, and community. However, when he meets another student named Olivia Hutton Sarah Gadon , everything changes. The movie does an excellent job of portraying the challenging ethical and romantic complications Marcus has to face in his daily life. His character is extremely well- developed and well-written as he has moments of self-doubt, self-discovery, <more>
and emotional conflict. Although the movie does have moments of humor, its general tone is somber. Overall, the riveting movie's simple premise is elevated by the great chemistry between the leading actors and the immersing quality of the filmography. As Marcus tries to discover who he wants to be in life, we get a chance to reflect on who we are as well. At its heart, the movie is a captivating journey that explores its protagonist's identity and goals in a heartfelt way. LJ's Grade: B
A young man named Marcus uproots himself from NJ to a college in Ohio and while he finds love and intimacy with a young woman named Olivia, he also finds a slew of trouble. (by Amari-Sali)
OverviewLogan Lerman makes the case for himself that as much as he could be just another Hollywood heartthrob, he actually has the acting chops to perhaps follow in the footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio with time. For alongside Sarah Gadon, who also has a bit of a breakout performance, they present two odd characters who fall in love, but because of misunderstanding, well read below.Trigger Warning s : Imagery of Self Harm | Mental Illness StigmaIt's the 1950s and a young renounced Jewish boy from Newark, Marcus, uproots his life and goes to college in Ohio at Winesburg College. A place <more>
rooted in faith to the point there is a practically mandatory attendance weekly at the school's chapel. But at least Marcus can get away from his overbearing father right? But while he, at first, gets along with his roommates, he doesn't really have a life. He doesn't make real friends, even though the local Greek Jewish organization tries to recruit him to their frat, but one girl does catch his eye. Said girl, Olivia, is very much unlike the girls Marcus is used to. She is "experienced," looks at Marcus with intent interest, and is also a bit troubled.But while Olivia is mysterious, lovable, and complex, Dean Caudwell is just a pain in the ass. He challenges Marcus' thinking, and not in the productive way. They bump heads in ways that leads you to questions who is more of a stubborn ass. Yet, at the same time, no one else of the school's staff seems to be taking an interest in Marcus, so Dean Caudwell is the only one Marcus can turn to as things in his life go from pleasant, sometimes happy, potentially boring, to worrisome, the stuff which creates anxiety, and perhaps even fear. For with news from his mother about his father, the dean watching Marcus like a hawk, and some of Olivia's demons attempting to consume her, the quiet boy who worked in a meat shop with his dad find himself in a predicament almost bad as the Korean war he just barely avoided. Review Summary HighlightsNo matter who or what you praise about this movie, Lerman has to be part of the conversation. If you want to praise Gadon who makes Olivia just as much seem like a possible femme fatale as she does the girl you wish you knew in college or high school, you got to put Lerman in the picture. For while Olivia is perhaps the best love interest I have seen in a film like this in ages, since she has her own problems, own interest, and a life outside of Marcus, it is in those moments when they are together you get that special feeling. The type where you are truly envious of these two fictional people and what they have. For while it is obvious both sides have issues, of which sadly we don't get to the bottom of when it comes to Olivia, you can't help but love them. Even with the strangeness, at least for how the 1950s is often portrayed, that is Olivia usually beginning or ending her intimate moments with Marcus with playing with his penis. Meaning, before their deep get to know you conversations, she usually initiates a hand job. Which is because she likes him, but even Marcus, as much as he appreciates them, doesn't understand why she does that.Transitioning to Lerman and Letts, the scenes between Marcus and Dean Caudwell are long. Arguably, the length of those scenes might be longer than between Marcus and anyone, even maybe Olivia to a point. However, their back and forth sort of highlights Lerman's versatility. He can be the love interest one minute, and the next an academic, someone who seems like an arrogant ass, and can be downright unlikable. Yet, you still want to root for him because his character is written and portrayed as a full-fledged human being. One who isn't able to fit into this little box which the Dean believes college should be and as much as his rant, or tangent, can get on your nerves and make you dislike him, at the same time, if you are close in age, you feel like he does have a point.Backtracking to Gadon for a minute, I really do feel like this is the type of movie which could perhaps truly be the start of her breaking out. Her role, while mostly a love interest, is peppered with a story which makes you want to learn more about her – hence the femme fatale comment. Be it her transferring to the college on unfavorable circumstances, this weird relationship with her dad, this party which nearly ended her life, what Marcus' mother says to her, and a slew of other things, Olivia's story, dialog, and portrayal by Gadon makes it so you sometimes wish this film was from her point of view and also about her. Just so the mystery could get peeled away.Low PointsHonestly, the one thing I can nick pick over, in which reading the book could likely provide the answers to, is the many questions left unanswered when it comes to Olivia and her life, as well as the transition between Marcus' college life and his life after.