The Center of the World
Starring: Molly Parker & Peter Sarsgaard Director: Wayne Wang

The Center of the World
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: December 18, 2001
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies
    • Production Notes
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    • Filmographies

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Entertainment Reviews:

Box Office - 05/01/2001
"...THE CENTER OF THE WORLD benefits from intense, committed performances from both leads: Sarsgaard is intensely appealing..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 05/01/2001
"...[The] actors give brave, unfettered performances....THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is a profoundly sad film..."
USA Today - 04/20/2001
"...Compelling....It's good to see a film that actually involves serious character interaction..."
Premiere - 04/01/2001
"...Involving. Thanks to Wang's tidy, knowing direction, we are subject to some fresh, unsettling insights..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/27/2001
"...Parker simmers enticingly..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/04/2001
"...The performances are right on the money....You want real....This movie shows you real..."

Product Description:

Wayne Wang, although known for his personal drama about Chinese-American life, EAT A BOWL OF TEA, and the Hollywood equivalent, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, has always harbored a fascination with the depiction of sex in the movies. The director remarked, "In college I loved movies like LAST TANGO IN PARIS." Here, in his first digital video feature, he provides, like Bertolucci, a raw and unflinching look at love, sex and money. Working with a script he developed with Siri Hustvedt and Paul Auster, he tells the story of Richard (Peter Sarsgaard), a wealthy dot-com computer engineer who hires Florence (Molly Parker), a dancer at a strip club, to spend three days with him in Las Vegas. She provides a contract limiting her duties to a nightly erotic show, but with no actual sex. But as they develop real feelings for each other both of them are confused about the meaning that sex would have. Richard thinks it will make her his girlfriend, Florence thinks it will make her a prostitute. While this story line may seem borrowed from the comedy PRETTY WOMAN, this is a serious, intelligent film. Its intriguing script is enhanced by the visceral immediacy of the digital video photography. Overall, CENTER OF THE WORLD is an exploration of the politics and emotions that are tied to the struggle between men, women, sex, and money. The script was written by Wang, Auster, and Hustvedt but it is credited to Ellen Wong, a pseudonym that encompasses their collective work.


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