iTunes Movie Of the Week: Mark Romanek's ONE HOUR PHOTO (2002)

Sy Parrish (Robin Williams), a clerk at a discount store photo counter, becomes obsessed with the family of one of his customers. ("There's nothing more dangerous than a friendly face.") Directed by Mark Romanek (NEVER LET ME GO, opening September 15th) and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. The film opened in seven theatres on August 21, 2002 and went on to gross over $31 million in the U.S. alone.

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(Continued from above) The casual shopper stocking up at the local Savmart may not pay much attention to the man at the photo counter. They may, in fact, not even see him. He is a fixture. Nina Yorkin notices though. She greets him with a smile and leaves him with - trusts him with - the precious moments of her family's life.

Sy has seen the loving embraces Nina shares with her husband Will.  He has witnessed every family holiday and vacation. He has watched their son Jakob, aka Jake, grow from  infancy into a nine-year-old boy. Photo  development is a responsibility Sy Parrish  takes very seriously. He does not  just mechanically thread negatives into a slot and print pictures.  He does his job carefully, meticulously, taking care to see that each frameproperly represents a moment in time. A person's life, after all, in its simplest terms is nothing more than moments strung together from the second of birth to that final instant when the last breath is drawn. If those moments, all so fleeting, should be preserved, they become memories to be cherished; the more memories, the more important the life. Sy Parrish treasures these moments more than most people do. Sy cherishes these moments even more than the people who live them. If anything, or anyone, should disrupt or interfere with Sy's perception of the picture-perfect family, a family he feels so very much a part of, then he too feels the intrusion. Just as he takes responsibility for preserving the perfect moments, he feels obligated to correct the imperfect ones...   

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Excerpts From Reviews (via Rotten Tomatoes, where it scored 81%). Below, right: the German version of the poster for ONE HOUR PHOTO.

"This might be the best pure dramatic lead performance Williams has ever given."
- Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

"[An] intense and absorbing experience."
- Desson Thomson, The Washington Post  

"This immaculately made first feature from noted music video and commercials director Mark Romanek provides Robin Williams with one of his creepiest, atypical roles, and the comic star responds with an unusually restrained performance that is, in the end, quite moving."
- Todd McCarthy, Variety 

"Williams shows us Sy's misery with no funny business. In One Hour Photo, his is a snapshot of human complexity worth framing."
- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"Williams... gives a performance that is riveting in its recessiveness and, as a consequence, truly, deeply scary."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"It is a rare performance when one of the world's most recognizable stars can disappear completely into a character on the screen. One Hour Photo takes Robin Williams to darker and more complex places that we can't turn our eyes away from."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today  

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