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Released 2001

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Director:
Neal Slavin
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Focus is a romantic drama taken from an Arthur Miller novel. The film shows how a case of mistaken identity ruins the lives of two good people. Set in 1940s Brooklyn, New York, the film opens with the nerdy, human resource manager, Lawrence Newman (William H. Macy), interviewing Gertrude (Laura Dern) for a job at his firm. He likes the candidate but doesn't hire her because he thinks she is Jewish. Lawrence himself is not Jewish nor is he anti-Semitic. He is just following his boss's (Kevin Jubinville) instructions. Lawrence lives in a racist and violent neighborhood. His neighbors persecute minorities and Jewish families regularly. One night, a Puerto Rican woman (Beatriz Pizano) is sexually assaulted and murdered in front of Lawrence. The next day before work, he decides to get rimless glasses because his myopia blurred his vision of the incident the night before. His new glasses make him look Jewish, even to his boss, who demotes him instantly because of his appearance. Lawrence quits his job and finds work with Gertrude. The two eventually fall in love and marry. However, all is not well, as the couple soon finds themselves in a battle with their neighbors who think they're Jewish, pretending to be white.moreless

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    Love & Romance, Thrillers, Family Dramas