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Levity (Bilingual)

Billy Bob Thornton , Morgan Freeman , Ed Solomon    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Billy Bob Thornton stars as a man who is free after serving 19 years in prison for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find redemption, in the form of a mysterious minister (Freeman) and two needy women (Dunst and Hunter). Based on a true story.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in strange packages July 6 2004
I wish I could fill my library with movies exactly like this. When I first saw this movie, I sort of watched it in shock. Stories of this quality are so rare! First and foremost, this is about forgiveness. Each character in our story feels that they have failed in some way, and they're not sure how to simply make it right. To make peace. Large mistakes, little mistakes, these little devils tend to stay with us, sowing the seeds is discontent.
Manual Jordan (Billy Bob Thorton) is released from jail after 20 years and embarks on a mission to find redemption, although he doesn't really expect to find it. Perhaps it is the journey that is more important to him. He finds a preacher (Morgan Freeman) who is trying to reach a bunch of teenagers and steer them away from the destructive lifestyles they're leading. He runs a makeshift church/soup kitchen across the street from a local dance club.
Manual also comes in to the life of a woman (Holly Hunter) who is trying to steer her son away from the gang street life he is falling in to. By far my favorite piece of this story is played by the beautiful Kirsten Dunst. She is the emotional heart of the story as the confused party girl who dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to get there. Suffering from low self-esteem and an angry alcoholic mother, she drifts closer to harms way each night.
What is story has to offer is emotions in raw form. What would any of us do in extreme circumstances? Most of us will never know. These people do. Most of their lives have been impacted by one form of violence or another. These are decent people inside. People that made bad choices. The road to hell is paved with good intentions they say and little tiny mistakes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The direction of choices & regrets... Feb. 16 2004
Manuel Jordan (Billy Bob Thornton) is unexpectedly released from prison after having been incarcerated for two decades for murder, which he solemnly regrets committing. Free and moving Manuel stops frequently to contemplate his current actions and choices as he reflects on his juvenile mistake that he committed in a small convenient store some twenty years ago. By choice, based on repent, he ends up in the neighborhood where he committed the murder and by chance he ends up getting a small job as a janitor in a half-way home. Through his job and leisure time he does everything he can do in order to repent for his past crime. Manuel seeks up the sister (Holly Hunter) of the young adult that he killed, since he wants to display his regret of his crime. Levity is a film that gives the audience a chance to reflect on daily decisions and actions as we affect others continuously. Manuel's pondering is displayed with thoughtful cinematography and supported through a well written script, which leaves the audience with a decent cinematic experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chamber Music Sept. 29 2003
By Grady Harp TOP 500 REVIEWER
LEVITY is a very quiet little sleeper of a movie. Written and directed by Ed Solomon it is a theme and variations on seeking redemption. A convict who accepts the punishment of life imprisonment for his murder of a young man in a fast food store 22 years prior is abruptly released by a prison board who decide that his exceptional prison behaviour merits his sentence being commuted. Suddenly thrust from his cell and accepted destiny back into the world where his crime occurred, the man's only drive is to find the sister of his vistim and make amends for his crime. He walks (somnolently, accompanied by the recurring ghost vision of his victim) thru the dark alleys of some unidentified wintry city, encounters a black 'minister/soup kitchen man', accepts employment as a custodian, and becomes involved with the minister's attempt to salvage the night clubbers who do drugs etc, falling into the chasm of despair from where the convict has history. His presence in this setting has some positive effects on the lost ones' lives. He finds the sister of the man he murdered and in attempting to make things right, saves her teenage son from his vendetta for revenge of his attempted murder. Gestures are made, things work out and other things do't work out: we are left without knowing the true results of these attempts at redemption.
The cast includes extraordinarily subdued and subtle performances by Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, and Kirsten Dunst. The smarmy underbelly of a city is captured authentically and artistcially by the cinematographer, and the director paces this quiet, inward tale with a sense of a death march. Though there is no classical music reference made there is a strong resemblance to the mood and metier of the Shostakovich 15th String Quartet. And as 'chamber music' this fine little film will bear revisiting.
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The word "levity" is supposed to mean "lightness", but there is certainly nothing light about this stark drama which deals with sin and redemption. Billy Bob Thornton is cast as a troubled man who has just been released from prison for killing a convenience store clerk in a botched robbery 23 years before. He plays the role with quiet stoicism, wears his graying hair shoulder length and speaks in a gentle voice as he returns to the neighborhood where the crime was committed.
Here, he meets Morgan Freeman, a storefront preacher with a secret of his own, and he's given a job as custodian of the place. Kristin Durst is one of the lost young people who he comes in contact with, and in his own simple way, he seems to be making a difference in her life. The person he has come here to meet, however, is the sister of the young man who he had murdered. Holly Hunter is cast in this role and they start to develop a deep friendship, especially when her son gets in trouble and Billy Bob Thornton comes to his aid.
There's a sadness and melancholy to the entire film, which is set on cold dreary winter streets. It's slow, bleak and rather creepy, especially when the hero is visited over and over again by the apparition of the young man who he has murdered. I found the concept interesting, the acting excellent and the story sad and depressing. And yet, it was a fine film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars -
Considering the cast, I thought that Levity received a surprisingly small amount of attention. Most likely that's becuase it doesn't meet the standard for the type of movie average... Read more
Published on June 27 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle tale of redemption
How do we reconcile with the mistakes we have made in the past? This is a thought provoking story about a man's struggle to make amends for a murder he committed impulsively as a... Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by E. Karasik
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tale about redemption with a solid cast
I have yet to see a movie with Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst or Holly Hunter that I don't like. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great drama, well done and moving.
Another example of how a great movie gets overlooked because it was too slow and too deep for our chills & thrills modern movie-watching habits. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Stuart Gibson
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless and Boring
When I put this movie in my DVD player, I was expecting a heist with cool characters and snappy dialogue. Obviously I was way off! Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2003 by Jackson Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars MURDER AND ATONEMENT
New on DVD (August, 03), this overlooked, exceptional film strikes an emotional chord with universal truths. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003 by Robin Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE 5 BEST MOVIES OF 2003
This film is what's known as a sleeper. It was basically disregarded when it came out theatrically, but what a great movie!!! The lead performances are all Oscar worthy! Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Bob Thornton In Excellent Redemption Drama...
If there is a common theme running through Billy Bob Thornton's dramatic roles, it would have to be a man's search for redemption. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by Benjamin J Burgraff
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