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Date Posted: 16:13:48 07/06/07 Fri
Author: Syl
Subject: Proof

This first DVD review was sent in by AmyGirl. Thanks, lass!

TITLE: Proof

STARRING: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaall, and Sir Anthony Hopkins

I loved this movie! I just love to watch Anthony Hopkins act, it is a beautiful thing. He is such a master and can act volumes with only his eyes.

This film is based on the play by the same name.

Catherine (Paltrow) is coping with the recent death of her genius and mentally ill mathematician father Robert (Hopkins). Hal (Gyllenhall) Dobbs is one of her father's previous students who come to her house to sift through the hundreds of notebooks Robert wrote in during his illness. He was convinced he was doing great math works (proofs) but in reality he was writing gobbledy gook.

Hal comes across a notebook that is different in many subtle ways. I won't say anything more on the notebook but this movie has many layers and is a wonderful moving look at mental illness, genius, family dynamics and trust. Catherine has spent the last 4 years taking care of her father, all the while slowly losing her own grip on reality.

Her sister comes in to rescue her from the house she lived in with their father. Hal, Catherine and her sister eventually all clash in a sea of unanswered questions, assumptions, and well meaning interference. Below is from Amazon's description:

Elegantly adapted from David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof works on so many levels that it shines like a perfected equation. Gwyneth Paltrow previously played her role onstage, and returns here as Catherine, the troubled 27-year-old daughter of Robert, a once-brilliant mathematician (Anthony Hopkins, appearing in flashbacks and imagined visions) who has recently died. What Robert has left behind is an emotionally challenging legacy of genius, mental illness, and unfinished business in the Chicago home where Catherine had cared for him during his erratic final years. Catherine fears she may have inherited her father's unstable condition, and her sister Claire (Hope Davis) arrives from New York with smothering concern and a selfish but well-meaning agenda, while Robert's student and assistant Hal (Jake Gyllenhaal) hopes to find lasting proof of Robert's enduring genius in the piles of notebooks he left behind. Steeped in the authentic atmosphere of advanced academia, revelations of love, fear, regret, and potential recovery unfold with such graceful complexity that Proof plays like a thriller, with all the action taking place in the admirable hearts and minds of its characters. The film also has a lot to say about the potential tragedy of assuming mental illness where none exists, while leaving just enough doubt to keep you wondering -- a tribute to the exceptional performances of a first-rate cast, and particularly to Paltrow, whose reunion with Shakespeare in Love director John Madden proves equally rewarding for entirely different reasons. --Jeff Shannon

If you enjoy great acting you'll love this movie!

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[> Amy and Syl, thanks for this. I hadn't heard of this movie and it sounds very interesting. -- susiej, 08:51:33 07/08/07 Sun

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[> Hi AmyGirl! This sounds just like my cup of tea!! -- Em - waving!, 08:37:46 07/09/07 Mon

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[> Sounds great - I'll keep an eye out for it! Thanks, AmyGirl! -- Judie, 09:27:23 07/16/07 Mon

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