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Tallulah (2016)

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Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.


Sian Heder


Sian Heder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Page ... Tallulah
Allison Janney ... Margo
Tammy Blanchard ... Carolyn
Evan Jonigkeit ... Nico
Felix Solis ... Manuel
David Zayas ... Detective Richards
Uzo Aduba ... Detective Kinnie
Fredric Lehne ... Russell
Evangeline Ellis ... Madison
Liliana Ellis ... Madison
John Benjamin Hickey ... Stephen
Zachary Quinto ... Andreas
Maddie Corman ... Vera
Eden Marryshow ... Officer Lacey
Oberon K.A. Adjepong ... Cab Driver


An intelligent but feral girl's boyfriend leaves unexpectedly causing her to search for him at his estranged mother's home. The two women begin to bond, finding supportive friendship in each other's troubled lives, changing their outlook forever. Written by Justin Goring

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Life can be a real mother


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Talula See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is a feature-length evolution of Sian Heder's 2006 short, Mother (2006). In fact, the the script for Mother is re-used almost word-for-word in the sequence where Tallulah first encounters Madison and her mother in the hotel suite. See more »


When Margot and Carolyn are talking at the dinner table, Carolyn's cup changes from white to teal. See more »


Margo: Am I a horrible person?
Margo: We're all horrible; we're all people.
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Featured in Conan: Allison Janney/Nate Diaz/Autolux (2016) See more »


Mad, Mad Heart
Written by Reverend Horton Heat (as Jim Heath)
Performed by Reverend Horton Heat
Courtesy of Victory Records
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Well made and well done!
1 August 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

When Tallulah first knocked on Margo's door looking for her boyfriend,Margo's son, who she had not scene in 2 years, because he could not stand the pressure of his parents failing marriage, she was not as acceptable to what looked like a homeless person standing in front of her. Than Margo gets the divorce papers, she still has not seen her son, and piling on to her downward spiral, her turtle dies, So when Tallulah knocks on the door again, this time with a baby she kidnapped from a Beverly Hills housewife, and she's passing off as the kid she had with Margo's son, Margo acts reluctant at first, but after everyone she cares about leaving her, she could not help but to give Tallulah shelter.

Tallulah is a good role for Ellen Page, she drove this vehicle into an excellent performance. The movie opens with a love scene between Page and the actor playing her boyfriend, and she does a nude seen for it. At that moment you realized that Ellen Page was all in and was going to give everything she got to being Tallulah and you can feel that throughout the film. She interacted with other cast members well. I especially love the moments between Tallulah and the baby.

Tammy Blanchard gave a great performance too as a mother who let some first world problems get in the way of parenting her child. The point was driven home by some great performances by Uzo Aduba(Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black) who plays a child service agent, that you would think be more sympathetic towards a woman whose child was kidnapped being she is a mother of two and is pregnant, but she sees a woman thinking only of herself. It does not help that the lead investigator looking for her child (played by David Zayas, who I loved in Dexter) Kinda feels the same way.

Allison Janney handles her performance greatly as well. She seems like a stuck up snob at first the way she talks to people like her doorman, who only once to be (more than) nice to her, but as her story unravels you can see the wall she's putting up come down and you make that connection.

The narration is near perfect, as everything is set up flawlessly, making the story very fluid. Nothing ever slows down and takes away from the purpose of the movie.

Great cast executing a great film to watch. Good one, Netflix!


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