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Serena [Blu-ray] [2014]

  • SKU: 6085236
  • Release Date: 06/09/2015
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    74% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (39 out of 53)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes
    • The Making of Serena: the story, direction & characters
    • Exploring the production design & time period
    • Following the screenwriting: comparing the film & the novel
    • Breaking down the set: kingsport tanners, train station & main street

    Synopsis


    Serena
    Adapted from the novel by Ron Rash, director Susanne Bier's romantic period drama Serena details the deteriorating relationship between North Carolina timber magnate George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) and his fiercely independent, entrepreneurial-minded wife Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) following a devastating miscarriage. A woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind and relishes the opportunity for manual labor in the forest, the enigmatic Serena subsequently grows intensely jealous of the woman who previously bore her husband a son, and quickly begins to unravel over suspicions that George is sheltering his illegitimate family. Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jennifer Lawrence
      Jennifer Lawrence - Serena Pemberton
    • Bradley Cooper
      Bradley Cooper - George Pemberton
    • Rhys Ifans
      Rhys Ifans - Galloway
    • Toby Jones
      Toby Jones - Sheriff McDowell
    • David Dencik
      David Dencik - Buchanan



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 53 reviews

    74%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Vilification of Child-free Women

      Posted
      wisdomseeker
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      First off, I enjoy the acting talents of both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and look forward to watching their upcoming movies. Additionally, I wish them both bright/abundant futures in both their personal and professional lives regardless of who they marry and/or regardless of whether they have children or not. With that said, the feature of both of them (Cooper and Lawrence) in this movie influenced my decision to watch Serena. The pros; Lawrence’s portrayal as a sly Serena Pemberton and Coopers portrayal of an ambitious George Pemberton created some convincing chemistry as a couple. I also liked that they portrayed the Serena character in a strong and commandeering light set in a historical period where it is common knowledge that there where many women who were expected to professionally fade in the background of their husbands. Another pro; the characters of Serena and George are also portrayed in a way as to evoke a sense of a take charge leading persona due to the necessity of having to make a living in their careers. The dark aspects and cons that I did not enjoy about this movie; I have not read the book and am unsure whether or not the writer had children, but I found hurtful aspects as to how Serena was portrayed through a child-free woman lense. For instance, it appears that the characters of George and Serena lived in a time period where there was not government help for people to fall back on if they did not have enough money to eat or live (i.e. it looked like a live or die scenario if one did not generate enough income to live on regardless of whether one had children or not). There is a scene where Serena is interacting with a woman and her child throughout the movie. Serena’s cold indifference to the mother and her child paints a negative stereotype that child-free women have a problem with and/or dislike mothers with children. I feel that this stereotype is unfair because the reasons that many women are childfree have little to do with whether or not they would have a problem with other mothers and their children. For instance, my late adoptive mother taught me through her own example to show respect towards other mothers and their children regardless of whether I chose to be child-free or not. In happier circumstances and/or time period, I’m sure that a real-life character such as Serena would eventually learn to accept the mother and child as well as at least provide financial help and/or emotional support whenever needed. I also did not like what happened to the character of Serena. It is as if the script implied that Serena’s life cannot have an improved ending and/or she is not capable of character rehabilitation and/or remorse. There is so much more that bothered me about this movie, but I know I must show consideration for those who have yet to see the film.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great Scenery

      Posted
      Negra
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      I watched this movie and sill am unsure what to say. The plot itself wasn't great. But the acting was good and the scenery was awesome. It reminded me of a play with the drama music, scenery and the actors just showing emotions rather than a lot of dialogue. It was a bit strange. But if you like Jennifer Lawrence or Bradley Cooper I would recommend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Read the book and the movie could have been better

      Posted
      Wilmy
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      Unfortunately, when they translated the book to the movie, they changed the main characters too much. They tried to make them more sympathetic than they should have. Those characters would have been much more powerful, if they had maintained their personalities better from the book.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      WOW! GREAT ACTING

      Posted
      Cumnatchalive
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      I bought this movie as a last resort and it turned out good. It's in my opinion about how people marry for the wrong reasons and people don't even know each other long enough but they still tie that knot. How well do you know the person next to you in bed. Good storyline and plot.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      How twisted can a woman be?

      Posted
      stitch
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      This was such a good movie. At first I was skeptical about purcahsing it but at the end I was glad I did. this movie had my attention all the way through. There was love, and evil doings. A loving man who couldn't believe his wife was capable of what she had done..

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Plot And Acting Were Great

      Posted
      wildswife
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      Jennifer Lawrence Shows A Side To Her Acting That I Did Not Think She Could Do. Man Marries Crazy Broken Childhood Girl That He Barley Knows. Man Learns Exactly What He Married At End. Must See Movie Nothing Like Hunger Games Personality At All I Loved It

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Terrible Movie

      Posted
      Gibson7283
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      This movie was a waste of 2 hours of my life. I love both the actors in this movie and they do work extremely well together on screen however this movie was more than boring. I'm upset that I even own it. It'll go in my next garage sale.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      GREAT ACTORS, attempting poor script

      Posted
      13cly

      I knew from reading this had been made some time ago yet not released. Sure know why. These are two wonderful actors and I do not fault anyone in it or director. You work with what you are given and simply never should have been made.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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