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From director Danny Leiner (Dude, Where's My Car, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle) comes the new brilliant heartwarming-comedy The Great New Wonderful, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary), Tony Shalhoub (TV's hit comedy "Monk"), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck), Judy Greer (13 Going On 30), Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) and MORE. A story with five interconnected storylines, The Great New Wonderful is set in New York City less than one year after 9/11.
"This mysteriously rich, mostly wonderful comedy-drama takes place in September 2002, when the lives of its unconnected New Yorkers have returned to something that looks normal," says The Boston Globe. The film is timely scheduled for release September 12 from Vivendi Visual Entertainment, following its critically acclaimed theatrical release (First Independent Pictures/June 23, 2006 and its knockout debut at the Tribeca Film Festival).
"A stunningly made and exceptionally moving work, it's a somewhat melancholy love letter to the Big Apple in the wake of September 11, which is a hovering absence throughout. Leiner deftly interweaves five stories of New Yorkers, whose emotional ups and downs mirror the trauma experienced by New Yorkers following the demise of the WTC," says indieWIRE.
"A moving, Altman-esque tapestry.... Director Danny Leiner has assembled a terrific cast to bring five separate stories together..." says Star Magazine. The Great New Wonderful is populated by people you see everyday: New Yorkers you see on the elevator, in the supermarket, at the gym. But something has changed and the aftershocks of 9/11 play out through the lives of a group of people still in denial a year later. The stage is set at the opening of the film with the line "Shock can be a tricky thing. Sometimes our emotional response to horrific events can be hidden from us at first, only to appear after some time has passed."
"The moments in (the film) that feel the truest are the ones that reveal how habit at once stabilizes and stultifies. Doing the same thing every day is both a comfort and a trap, and the actors betray, with small gestures and tics of speech, the fatigue that comes from being stuck in the same self 24 hours a day," says The New York Times.
Dr. Trabulous (Shalhoub) is an orthodox psychologist who utilizes his unique insights to unearth the buried rage of an ordinary office worker (Jim Gaffigan) who lost several co-workers in the terrorist attack, but has remained in denial. Emme Keeler (Gyllenhaal), the ruthless proprietor of The Great New Wonderful - a leading purveyor of pastries to the New York society set - struggles to unseat NY's reigning Queen of Cake (Falco), to great success and profound consequences. Allison & David Burbage (Greer, Tom McCarthy) struggle to keep their marriage together while coping with their increasingly difficult 10-year-old son.
Avi and Satish (Naseerudin Shah, Sharat Saxena), immigrants, best friends and security guards, travel around the city casually observing contemporary America until dramatic events force them to re-evaluate their opposing perspectives. Judy Berman's (Dukakis) routine is upset when she reconnects with a childhood friend whose passion for life kindles unexpected desires of her own. One year after 9/11, these stories reveal that being lost always precedes a new beginning.
First Independent Pictures presents a Serenade Films production in association with Sly Dog Films, The Great New Wonderful, directed by Danny Leiner, written by Sam Catlin and produced by Matt Tauber, Leiner and Leslie Urdang.
- The film can be watched sequentially or you can watch the film from each of the 5 main characters points of view (five mini-movies)
- Deleted scenes
- New York City - Behind the Scenes
- Character Stills
- Director Commentary
- Rating: R
- Rating Reason: Language and Sexuality
- Run Time: 87 Mins
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