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8.2

Half Nelson (2006)

Half Nelson
Running time: 106 min | Genre: Friendship, Drama, Drugs, Teaching, Independent Film United States
Half Nelson

Synopsis

Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) is a young inner-city junior high school teacher whose ideals wither and die in the face of reality. Day after day in his shabby Brooklyn classroom, he somehow finds the energy to inspire his 13 and 14-year-olds to examine everything from civil rights to the Civil War with a new enthusiasm. Rejecting the standard curriculum in favor of an edgier approach, Dan teaches his students how change works – on both a historical and personal scale – and how to think for themselves.

Though Dan is brilliant, dynamic, and in control in the classroom, he spends his time outside school on the edge of consciousness. His disappointments and disillusionment have led to a serious drug habit. He juggles his hangovers and his homework, keeping his lives separated, until one of his troubled students, Drey (Shareeka Epps), catches him getting high after school.

From this awkward beginning, Dan and Drey stumble into an unexpected friendship. Despite the differences in their ages and situations, they are both at an important intersection. Depending on which way they turn – and which choices they make – their lives will change.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
NOMINATED

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG)

Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
NOMINATED

Independent Spirit

Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
WINNER
Best Leading Actress (Shareeka Epps)
WINNER
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Director (Ryan Fleck)
NOMINATED
Best First Screenplay
NOMINATED
Producers Award
NOMINATED

Sundance Film Festival

Grand Jury Prize - Best Picture Drama (EEUU)
NOMINATED

Critics Choice Award

Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
NOMINATED

Gotham

Best Picture
WINNER
Best New Director (Ryan Fleck)
WINNER
Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film (Shareeka Epps)
WINNER

Boston Society of Film Critics

Best Supporting Actress (Shareeka Epps)
WINNER
Best New Director (Ryan Fleck)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
NOMINATED

Chicago Film Critics Association

Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
NOMINATED
Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film (Shareeka Epps)
NOMINATED

American Film Institute Awards (AFI Awards)

Top 10 - Movies of the Year
WINNER

New York Film Critics Circle

Best First Work
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Shareeka Epps)
NOMINATED

Top 10 - The Best Independent Films of the Year
WINNER

Details

Original title

Half Nelson

Director

Ryan Fleck

Producer

ThinkFilm

Running time

106 min

Screenwriter

Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

Music

Broken-Social-Scene

Cinematography

Andrij Parekh

Year

2006

Country

United States United States

Box Office

Budget

$700,000

Ranking

IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes
9
Metacritic
8.5

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