Sparrows Dance

6.71 h 21 min2012X-Ray16+
A tender, comical love story between a woman (Marin Ireland, Homeland) who refuses to leave her apartment and the man (Paul Sparks, Boardwalk Empire) she finally lets in.
Noah Buschel
Marin IrelandPaul Sparks
English [CC]
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Michael P.Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A tender story worth viewing multiple times
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Initially, I thought I wouldn't watch it long, but I started to connect with it in the first 10 minutes or so. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie once I connected and the middle of the movie was like a montage in very slow motion, with beautiful, gentle music. That was the best part of the movie. I plan to watch it again, I might end up liking the entire movie?
I experience mild depression from Hashimoto's thyroid and have some ptsd, so, I usually don't mind staying home. I'm 68 though, and life kind of beat me down.
I also feel pressured when someone is supposed to visit, like she did when she had to hire the plumber.
I assumed that she was suffering from agoraphobia, or ptsd, and therefore feared leaving her home. Turned out that her malady was career-related, it was never specifically described.
I think one reviewer got it right when he / she said that Wes made her feel safe and loved and she could thereafter begin to try to cope with the outside world again.
I think the movie would resonate with many people who have lived high-stressed lives.
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Phillip R. BeaverReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Every man ought to appreciate dance enough to offer the needed lead.
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It seems to me most humans suffer social pressures, and when withdrawal from society becomes severe, it takes extraordinary human appreciation for another person to help.

At some point in human evolution, perhaps about 2400 years ago, love became an obsession yet had at least five meanings. Plato's "Symposium" is perhaps the classic essay on Eros.

However, Agathon's speech is overlooked as too poetic. My paraphrase: In appreciation for life, a human being neither initiates nor tolerates actual harm either to or from anyone. The key to the paraphrase is deleting the word "love" so as to express "appreciation."
5 people found this helpful
Mike PrallReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Experience
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Engaging story and intelligent script only serves the moving and unforgettable chemistry of these two actors. Two random souls beat up by life and the mediocrity of unrealized dreams come together and share themselves with each other however damaged and by caring and supporting one another they overcome their self imposed prisons. A simple and yet very complex story that captures the pathos of accepting and foregiving relationships. I was genuinely moved!!
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Howard LovelyReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love, Support, Unsderstanding, Empathy & Caring
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A very powerful example of a "hidden" disability and the devastating affects (social, career, psychological, dating) it can have on an individuals life.
In this particular case,...the "hidden" disability appeared to be a very debilitating [generalized] anxiety of some sort that interrupted the entire life of the character in this movie.
The film also illustrates how potentially Love, Support, Empathy, Genuine Caring and Understanding can help a person look inside themself and decide to choose a different behavior,...though difficult,....will potentially lead to walking out the door as the character in this movie did.

Notes Of Caution / Consideration:
One important aspect was missing from the film unfortunately,...the help of a professional Therapist (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, MD,......etc..,).

There was the absence of any family or friends for this individual.

This individual had [residual] income from a previous career as a stage actor and this is how she was able to pay for her apartment, food, cigarettes,...etc.,..
Many individuals are not so fortunate to have a place to live or monetary assistance.

Greeley, CO
5 people found this helpful
RichardReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sad, Humorous and Happy all rolled into one!
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This "R" rated flick is a neat, little Indy film. Never heard of the stars before but both - and there were only two - did commendable jobs. In this case, the female star suffers from extreme agoraphobia and this is is a short story about her journey and the man who helps her through it. It is a simple but meaningful tale that will especially appeal to anyone who has dealt with a friend or a relative who suffers from the condition. All of that said, the film treats the subject with good taste and humor.
13 people found this helpful
NJRReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Unique and fun.
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The scene construction was the best aspect of this film. The shots of the female lead alone in her apartment watching TV while her face is framed with the wallpaper behind her head changing colors because of the exterior sign lighting out side the window, is well done. The dialog is witty and quick paced, paired with fine acting skills of both characters pulls the audience to want to get involved and wanting to help. I believe the only draw back was the unnecessary nudity and sexual contact, which could have been accomplished with better impact if more was left in the viewer's mind's eye.
3 people found this helpful
tchriscoeReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sparrows Dance
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I really liked this movie. It was sad at times. It was about responsibility and trust. The shared emotions of a mother and son about one that should have not been in their lives but what impact he had for one labor day weekend lasted a life time. This is one movie that impressed me. To see someone keep their word and do as they say is impressive. Seems not too much of that going on these days. I would recommend this movie to anyone. Great story.
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mouliinReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Different and very enjoyable
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Watched this movie because I have the same type of behavior struggles as the main character. The movie was very sensitive; really charming. I sincerely enjoyed the story and the approach to the subject. A fun romance as well. Recommend
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