Lorelei

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6.31 h 50 min2021X-Ray16+
Wayland is released from prison after 15 years. He reunites with Dolores, his high school girlfriend, who is now a single mother of three. What follows is a lyrical take on love, regret, and second chances
Directors
Sabrina Doyle
Starring
Jena MalonePablo Schreiber
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Producers
Kevin ChinoyJennifer RadzikowskiFrancesca Silvestri
Studio
Vertical Entertainment
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4.0 out of 5 stars

1233 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 17% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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GarrettReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting, decent storyline, but some misses
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The acting was top notch. The storyline was slow but wasn't too bad either. I would have given it a 4 star except there was what felt like some forced agenda. Just a little bit. Long story short the youngest of the children, Denim is a boy but dresses like a girl and wears his hair like a girl...this is totally fine and if the writers wanted to build some more plot around it fine. But the writers don't expound on it much. Denim gets the most emphasis of the children as if the writers were trying to make a point about his possible gender identity but never got around too it. I don't know, I really felt like they just added it there to check some boxes and that really kills a movie for me. I would have enjoyed watching more relationship building between Wayland and the other kids, they almost did with the oldest son but again kind of stopped short.
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SunspotReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Deeply moving and transformative
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Seemingly based on an ordinary "B-movie" storyline, Lorelei in fact touches on some of the great and archaic mythologies that haunt us. Every character is transformed in gentle but powerful ways through a reluctant but irresistible bonding. The movie also calls us to reform our society from the ground-up by investing resources in places where despair, anger, ugliness and despotic neglect have made it all but impossible to flourish. In a subtle allusion to the movie El Norte, it is those of us who flee the devastated and devastating "heartland" who reach the promised land (LA) and who rediscover hope, freedom, beauty. Sabrina Doyle brilliantly suggests that this rediscovery involves reconnecting with the sea, the fluid, the vulnerable, tthe magic, the feminine and the maternal. May her insight carry us forward.
4 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hope Springs Eternal and Everyone Deserves Second Chances!
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Great independent film about the vicissitudes of fate by first time Director/Writer Sabrina Doyle. With beautiful cinematography and evocative score, it’s lovely to see a movie about relationships instead of explosions and bloodshed! Particularly enjoyable is the character of the Pastor who has a light touch with her faith and Christian cheek-turning toward her flock. Overall, Lorelei is a fairly realistic depiction of the modern “blended family.” The main protagonists elicit sympathy in very human roles, eventually finding balance with life as they find it, rather than as originally dreamed. The dénouement is particularly touching in this regard and ties into the mythological theme of the title which recurs in literal waves throughout. The Wayland character as potential stepfather of three is understandably reticent, assuming a necessary parental role that gives center to his life and the children’s. While the film focuses on its two principals, it is the dreams and longing of these young that ultimately gains our deepest sympathy. The three children realistically alternate between pathos and hope, and are well brought to life by the young actors in complex roles. My husband and I look forward to further efforts by this team!
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J. PastorReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Solid story and great acting
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Not an entirely "new" concept of a movie but I will say that it was very well written. The entire casts acting, including the kids, was excellent and on point. Overall definitely recommend the watch!
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Courtney ThompsonReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed
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I wanted to love this movie, but the only thing I loved about it was Pablo Schreiber. The movie to me kind of was condoning the behavior of a really bad mother, who saw an opportunity to be very selfish and just abandon her children with an ex that was a criminal. Just very disappointed in this movie!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Unexpectedly different
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I watched this solely because Pablo was in it. Really liked the vulnerability he showed.
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Rachael A. BannanReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Super weird not for me
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No idea what they they were going for. Had potential but was way too weird.
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AKA SullyReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Performances
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This little indie is sweet with approach but lacks in any dramatic intensity. Jena Malone is so painfully underrated and can effectively translate life into art. This is wishful thinking but she deserves more lead roles.
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