For Ellen

87 min. minutes | Rated NR

Paul Dano plays a frustrated would-be heavy-metal singer who drives to a snowy town in upstate New York to sign his divorce papers and maybe meet his young daughter. He proceeds to drink, pass out in his hotel room, and eventually make a date with his daughter. The moral dilemma—whether he should fight for shared custody of little Ellen or let go and free-fall back into his self-centered world—is timidly poked at but never really examined. From its snowy, small-town setting to its characters' half-asleep minds, For Ellen is a cold film. (BRENDAN KILEY)
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Film Credits
Director
So Yong Kim
Cast
Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Dakota Johnson, Alex Mauriello