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Little Odessa

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Original title
Little Odessa
Year
Running time
111 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
James Gray
Music
Dana Sano
Cinematography
Tom Richmond
Cast
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Producer
Fine Line Features / New Line Cinema / Live Entertainment
Genre
Thriller | Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
Joshua, a cold-blooded professional killer, returns to his Brighton Beach boyhood home for a "job." He knows it will be difficult to return to the Russian-immigrant community of his youth--in his eyes, we see anticipation of the inevitable emotional pain and psychic turmoil that seeing his forsaken family and estranged companions will bring him. To do his job, and try to maintain some semblence of sanity, he has had to wall off his humanity from even himself. Seeing his kid brother, who adores him, talking with his dying mother, who still loves him, and yes, arguing with his abusive father, begins to wreak havoc with his personal defenses. As his steely demeanor begins to dissolve, we are shown the soul of a hit-man crumbling away, piece by piece.
Awards
1994: Venice Film Festival: Best Director
1995: Independent Spirit Awards: 5 Nominations including Best First Feature
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