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Ophelia Learns to Swim (2000)

Not Rated | | Comedy
A wimpy girl turns Superheroine when she joins bankrupt Mother Nature, The Librarian & the Chocolatier to battle wealthy villains Virginia Svelte, Cosmetic Chick & The Doucher.

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Jurgen Vsych

Writer:

Jurgen Vsych
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Julia Lee ... Ophelia
Lauren Birkell ... The Broom Witch
Camille Langfield ... Tina / Bitch-on-Wheels
Jennifer Massey ... The Doucher
Hilary Shepard ... Virginia Svelte
Dian Kobayashi Dian Kobayashi ... The Librarian
Meishach Moore Meishach Moore ... Hamilton
LaVonne Rae Andrews LaVonne Rae Andrews ... Mother Nature
Dave Fennoy ... Handy Man
Tony Ketcham Tony Ketcham ... Ophelia's Dad
Sybil Azur ... Cosmetic Chick
Kristofer McNeeley ... Hamlet
Marjorie Lovett ... The Stitcher
Alexa Sheehan ... The Cop (as Alexa Motley)
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Ophelia is a bimbo living with her father and brother in the L.A. Valley. Her Dad expects nothing from her, except to clean the house. Her boyfriend Hamilton seems supportive, but Ophelia experiences troubling nightmares. In them, she reenacts scenes from her favorite film, TITANIC...but Hamilton is encouraging her to jump off the railing ("Go ahead, the water's warm!") and pushing her off the driftwood. Ophelia, like her Shakespearean namesake, can't swim and has a pathological fear of water after her mother drowns . One day, Ophelia's brother Larry brings home a broomstick he stole from "some witch." The family is startled when a real witch shows up on their doorstep demanding the broom, which Ophelia has broken. A new magic broomstick from Denmark costs $7,500. The witch demands either Dad sell his beloved pickup truck, or hand over his daughter. For Dad, it's no contest, and the witch takes Ophelia away on an upright vacuum cleaner into the night. Ophelia becomes the witch's ... Written by Jürgen Vsych

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Official Sites:

Wroughten Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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A comedy from "The Woman Director"
8 April 2006 | by mame_mcqueenSee all my reviews

A wimpy girl turns Superheroine when she teams with The Librarian, The Chocolatier and Mother Nature to battle corporate villains Virgina Svelte, Cosmetic Chick and The Doucher.

"Ophelia" cleverly mixes comedy, tragedy, social satire and fantasy in telling the tale of a girl at a crossroads - does she sell out to corporate villains in order to be popular, or take the lonelier, harder road to save the planet?

The film stars the talented, funny and beautiful Julia Lee of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel." This film premiered just 3 days after 9/11 at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, so its release was ignored by the media. It has been gaining a cult following on the film festival circuit, and is now on DVD.

"Ophelia" was written, directed and produced by Jurgen Vsych, author of "The Woman Director," the first autobiography by an American female film director. I highly recommend this well- written, directed and acted jewel.


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