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Then She Found Me

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A teacher hits a mid-life crisis when, in quick succession, her husband leaves, her adoptive mother dies and her real one, an eccentric talk show host, materializes and turns her life upside down, as Hunt begins a courtship with the father of one of her students.

Genre - Comedy

Director(s) - Helen Hunt

Writer(s) - Helen Hunt and Alice Arlen

Cast - Helen Hunt and Colin Firth

Blue Rider's Role - Executive Producers, bridge financier and super-gap lender

Distributor(s) - ThinkFilm (U.S.), Metropol (Canada), Curzon Films (U.K.)

Release Date - 2008

“Then She Found Me shrieks of motherhood - raising hot-button issues like biological clocks running down, the rights of birth mothers and whether to adopt or give artificial insemination a shot. You would think that frontloading "Then She Found Me" with so much plot would make it play like a soap opera. But Hunt saves the movie from this fate in two ways. First she turns in a touchingly real performance, the best of her big-screen career. Forget that "As Good as It Gets" won her an Oscar. She's eons better and more realistic in this one. Then by directing "Then She Found Me," Helen becomes its savior as well. But where it really matters - working with actors - veteran filmmakers could learn from Hunt. If she'd directed Midler when she began making movies, Midler might have had a film career instead of a sideline. Hunt knows when to rein in the Divine Miss M instead of allowing her to go into full Kabuki mode. Hunt also coaxes pitch-perfect performances from Matthew Broderick and Colin Firth.”
—Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chonicle

“With the screenwriters Alice Arlen and Victor Levin, Hunt adapted the story from a 1990 novel by Elinor Lipman, and has turned the material into a fine, tense, unpredictable comedy of mixed-up emotions and sudden illuminations. What makes this small movie work is the filmmakers’ curiosity about the many-sidedness of need—the way genuine benevolence, say, can be cloaked in blunt intrusiveness, or the way insults can be a reckless demand for love. With any luck, Helen Hunt will continue to put complicated people on the screen.”
—David Denby, The New Yorker
People, Awards and Major Credits
Co-Writer, Director, Actress: Helen Hunt: won Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival Audience Award, Ashland Ind. Film Festival Rogue Award and Alliance of Women Film Journalists best leap from actress to director for this film; also won Oscar for As Good As it Gets, 46 other major awards and 66 more nominations for works including Mad About You, The Sessions and Bobby; appeared in 93 other films and TV projects including Twister, Empire Falls, Cast Away and What Women Want.
Other Writers: Alice Arlen (Oscar and Writers Guild noms for Silkwood; her four other writing credits include Cookie, The Weight of Water and Alamo Bay) and Victor Levin (4 Emmy noms for Mad About You, The Larry Sanders Show and Mad Men; 2 wins and 4 other noms for Dream On, 5 to 7, Larry Sanders and Mad Men; his other 15 writing credits include Win a Date With Tad Hamilton, Dream Breakers and Destination Wedding).
Actors: Colin Firth (won Oscar for The King’s Speech; won 66 major awards + 55 noms for works such as Pride and Prejudice, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and A Single Man. His 81 other credits include Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually and Shakespeare in Love), Bette Midler (Oscar noms for The Rose and For The Boys; AARP best supporting actress for Then She Found Me; 29 wins and 48 noms for works including Gypsy, Beaches and Ruthless People; her other 36 credits include Bette, The Stepford Wives and The First Wives’ Club) and Matthew Broderick (Golden Globe nom for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; won Hollywood Film Awards supporting actor of the year for The Producers; 10 other noms for such works as Master Harold and the Boys, Election and Manchester by the Sea).
Executive Producers: Walter Josten (won Emmy for The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie; 62 producer credits including Rescue Dawn, The Groomsmen, Back in the Day, Around the World in 80 Days, The Hollywood Sign, Leprechaun 3, Wishmaster 4, My 5 Wives and Children of the Corn 666), John F. Anderson, Monica H. Anderson, Howard Behar (executive produced Not Forgotten; lender and/or legal sevices to Sex, Lies & Videotape, Dancing at the Blue Iguana and 10 other productions), Louise Goodsill (Emmy nom for CBS Schoolbreak Special; exec produced August Rush, Renaissance, Happily N‘Ever After and 9 other projects), Jeff Geoffray (41 ,producer credits including Spinning Man, Labyrinth and Under the Silver Lake), Ralph Kamp (31 producer credits, such as The Guard, The Libertine and Felicia’s Journey), Victor Levin (produced Emmy nominated outstanding drama series Mad Men and comedy series Mad About You; produced 6 more projects including Survivor’s Remorse, Dream On and Mr. Life), Chip Signore (exec produced The Janitor) and John Wells (won 6 Emmy’s for The West Wing and ER; 18 more Emmy noms for those shows China Beach, Mildred Pierce and Mrs Harris; 21 other awards and 27 more noms for works including August Osage County, Southland and The Company Men; his other 55 producer credits include Shameless, The Notorious Bettie Page and Third Watch).
Producers: Pamela Koffler (Emmy noms for Mildred Pierce and Mrs. Harris; 3 wins + 2 other noms for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, I’m Losing You and This American Life; her 35 other producer credits include Still Alice, Beatriz at Dinner and Kill Your Darlings), Katie Roumel (won the International Documentary Association award for This American Life and an Independent Spirit best feature nom for Hedwig and the Angry Inch; she has produced 7 other projects, including At Home at the End of the World, An American Crime and The Notorious Bettie Page), Connie Tavel (won Emmy for Summer’s End and PGA award nom for Judging Amy; produced 5 other shows, such as Due East, The Wishing Tree and Fever) and Christine Vachon (BAFTA nom for Carol; 10 Independent Spirit noms; 10 other wins and 12 more noms for such works as Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven and Velvet Goldmine).
Composer: David Mansfield won 2 awards and 2 noms for Year of the Dragon, Broken Trail and Profundo Carmesi; 70 composing credits including The Songcatcher, TRhe Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Sicilian.
Editor: Pam Wise (won Eddie award for best edited documentary film (Dancemaker); 31 editing credits including Secretary, Meteor Man and Transamerica.
Costume Design: Donna Zakowska won Emmy and Costume Design Guild award for John Adams; 2 other nominations for Empire Falls and British Invasion;30 other credits include Original Sin, forces of Nature and Kate & Leopold.









Links:
Internet Movie Database entry for Then She Found Me

Variety Review

Trailer at Apple.com

Helen Hunt interview in The New York Times

LA Times article on Hunt and Then She Found Me

Official site in Japan

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