For Ellen Joby (Paul Dano), an indie-rock musician, is getting divorced — and that's when he decides he wants to know his estranged 6-year-old daughter (Shaylena Mandigo).… For Ellen Joby (Paul Dano), an indie-rock musician, is getting divorced — and that's when he decides he wants to know his estranged 6-year-old daughter (Shaylena Mandigo).… 2012-09-05 PT93M Drama Paul Dano Jena Malone
Movie Review

For Ellen (2012)

FOR ELLEN Paul Dano
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FOR ELLEN Paul Dano
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Sep 05, 2012; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Paul Dano and Jena Malone

Joby (Paul Dano), an indie-rock musician, is getting divorced — and that's when he decides he wants to know his estranged 6-year-old daughter (Shaylena Mandigo). Set in a wintry suburban wasteland, the movie is full of choppy visuals and punishing silences, a vaguely Euro style that says: ''Life's a bummer.'' Dano does a more insolent version of his woe-is-me moroseness, but the drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe. (Available on VOD Sept. 19) C+

Originally posted Sep 05, 2012 Published in issue #1224-1225 Sep 21, 2012 Order article reprints