DVD - 2015
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In 1929, just as the Depression has hit, newlywed couple George and Serena Pemberton, move from Boston to North Carolina to build a timber empire. Although Serena proves herself to be an important part of their success, overseeing crews and handling every bit of trouble that comes upon them, when Serena discovers she's unable to bear children, it sets her on a path of destruction.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION SER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Mar 11, 2018

Rediculous waste of film.
Jennifer Lawrence acting was wasted on this one dimentional (Marolyn Monroe want to be "disturbed" charachter) with poor dialogue. It felt like the director held Jennifer back from performing to her potential in this movie. It was so fake and orchestrated.

Even so, Her acting was the only thing that carried the entire movie.

This film tried to be too many things and fell short on all of them.
This film tried to be a some artistic deep commentary on logging and destruction of forests and the effects on humans .. perversion of nature... a blockbuster ood fashioned western without the story, directon , acting or dialogue.. of John Wayne classics..

It tried to be some classic masterpiece time period film, with the sets and costumes .

It tried to make a point on childhood trauma, emotional pain, power, loyalty, murder, politics, regression, sex, lust...

It Just fell short on all of it due to lack of interest, lack of a good story or dialogue. It tried to be a miniseries in two hours. It was blan and relied on the beauty of Jennifer dolled up to look exactly like Marylyn Monroe to carry the entire story and interest.

The cinematography of the forests was magnificent and wasted on this preducatable boring film. Common Stories that have been overtold

Dec 17, 2016

Weird movie. I could not give it a very high rating. My question to Serena would be ..... if the past is the past and our love began when we met.... why obsess about the past and destroy the future?

d2013 Nov 07, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper always have good chemistry together. Although grim it was an interesting movie.

ArapahoeAlicia Aug 09, 2016

Visually appealing, but it didn't do the story justice. The book stuck with me for weeks, thinking about the characters long after I'd shut the cover. The movie just didn't pull together what should have been a thrilling and tragic story.

Mar 20, 2016

Everything's already been laid out there: The critics panned it, and it is a very tragic drama. I didn't hate it. Jennifer Lawrence was visually stunning in (what seems to me to be) one of her more adult roles; her acting, however was rather flat.

Jan 08, 2016

This movie had no point to it, I still don't even know what its about.

Dec 18, 2015

The critics were collectively down on this one though perhaps a little harshly. Nice cinematography for this depressing period piece that has elements of a Thomas Hardy tragedy. Any fans of Jennifer Lawrence should try Winter's Bone ahead of Serena if they haven't already. No big fix so we'll give this a six.

Nov 23, 2015

Serena, a resourceful young woman who was orphaned since 12, in the form of beautiful Jennifer Lawrence, was determined to protect her marriage to a timber man, played by handsome Bradley Cooper. Unfortunately, their union faced a string of traumatic events that forced the couple to make choices with devastating consequences. While the period story took place in the scenic Smoky mountains, the set was filmed in Czech Republic.

Nov 23, 2015

Wonderful acting and story. It can be a downer type of movie.

Nov 22, 2015

Interesting story. What a tragedy.

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Nov 23, 2015

Town meeting part 1 of 2

Sheriff: Do we want our Smoky Mountains to be made a national park? Or do we want them to be made a desert?...
George: What about the jobs, Sheriff? These men need to work, don't they? And the logging camps bring in railroads and electric lines to places that never had them before. We're bringing progress to Carolina.
Sheriff: Progress? Progress for whom, Mr Pemberton? All the profits are going north.
George: Well, what is it that your park's providing? I'm sure your park will be very nice for you and your rich friends to go on a Sunday afternoon hike but for the working men, the men in this room, Sheriff,
the men unlike you, Mr Kephart, it's a matter of survival.

Nov 23, 2015

Town meeting part 2 of 2

Sheriff: The logging barons always cry "jobs" and "free enterprise" but the truth is, you barely pay enough to put food on the table.
George: Oh, we pay more than any job these men can get. And that's why there's a line 50-deep every time there's an opening.
Sheriff: Openings. Yes, you always have openings, don't you, Mr Pemberton? Because your camps have killed more men than the War Between the States.
George: It's dangerous work. And every logger will tell you he's proud of what he does. And I don't think he wants the government to build him a pretty park, Sheriff. I think he wants the freedom. The freedom to work hard and to better himself. That's what this country is supposed to be about, Sheriff!


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May 02, 2016

I wonder if the people who gave this negative reviews watched the entire movie. It did start slow, but it's the kind of movie you need to watch and study. Everything has a meaning, which you see as the movie comes to the end. I was truly drawn into the end when the tragedy began to magnify and I couldn't turn away. This is a great character study, and everything that a good movie should be--people with motives you can understand, even if they head down a dark path. I think too many people these days like movies that don't make you think too much. Slow beginning, yes, but powerful ending.

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