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Fierce People

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Bob Akester

We first previewed this movie in August 2004. Why the delay? ”It had a particular marketing challenge,” says director Griffin Dunne (Practical Magic). ”It takes a very dark turn, and it has a controversial and upsetting moment.” We won’t give anything away, but you can be sure that while this coming-of-age story — about a teenager (Anton Yelchin) and his coke-addled mother (Diane Lane) who stumble onto the lush estate of a billionaire (Donald Sutherland) — sounds pretty dreamy in theory, some serious savagery lurks behind those golden gates.

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