United States of Leland (Drama) [Movie/Review]


Year: 2003
Genre: Drama
Source: DVD (Scanbox)

So I havenˋt seen this one since it was release in 2003 for some reason. I loved it then and I still love it now. It has that melancholic feel like Donnie Darko, American Beauty and The Shipping News.

Leland (Ryan Gosling) is sent to juvenile detention after stabbing an autistic boy. There he meets the teacher and aspirant writer Pearl Madison who tries to get close and understand him, first with intention of writing a book, and later becoming his friend. Leland slowly discloses his sad vision of the world.

Packed with some of my favourite actors, a young Ryan Gosling (together with Jack Gyllenthal they are my two favourite contempoary actors), Jena Malone, Kevin Spacey, Michael Pena (in a small part) and my fellow countryman (woman) Lena Olin.

I noticed on imdb that the reviews in media was poor when it was released, this is beyond me but I guess they where written by happy-go-lucky people who never have felt that deep sorrow and can’t relate to the movies message at all.

For some strange reason there’s no blu-ray edition out as far as I know … it needs to be now!

I could fill this page with wonderful monologues/quotes from Leland but I will detain those urgees and only give you this one … my favourite:
It covers my eyes. It’s all I can see. Say there’s some kids playing baseball. All I see is the one kid they won’t let play because he tells corny jokes. And no-one thinks they’re funny. Or I see a boy and a girl in love and kissing, you know. I just see that they’re gonna be one of those sad old couples one day who just cheats on each other and can’t even look at each other in the eye. And I feel it. I feel all of their sadness. I feel it probably even worse than that sad old couple or that corny kid will ever feel it.

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