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96 min.
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James Franco
Catherine Keener
David Strathairn
Fallon Goodson
Vince Jolivette
Production Company:
Rabbit Bandini Productions
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James, Catherine and Patricia. A house on the beach not far from New York. It is1978. A neighbour with a soft spot for James drops by from time to time. James with his big-checked jacket, his camera and his unfinished novel. Catherine with her paintings and her men’s suits. Patricia with her cigarettes. In his directorial debut, Carter has created a tender, associative film about the friendship of three misfits.James used to be a successful TV soap actor until probable mental illness forced him to give up his job; his sister Patricia barely speaks and lives in a world of her own. Kind-hearted painter Catherine is a cross-dresser who enjoys going out for coffee wearing men’s clothes. Maladies is a sensitive exploration of perception which takes creativity and fine art, the voices we hear inside and out, impressions, and the world of the imagination just as seriously as do its protagonists. The dedicated cast and bold narrative structure allow the director to create the portrait of a relationship which also captures society's attitudes at that time to real and supposed mental illness.


Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1970, he studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the University of California in Davis, and works as a painter, sculptor, photographer and filmmaker. His work has been exhibited at, amongst others, MoMA and the Whitney Museum in New York and Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery in London. He made his directing debut in 2008 with ERASED JAMES FRANCO.

FILMOGRAFIE Carter (selection)

2012 Maladies  2008 Erased James Franco 

Carter IMDb
Interview with Carter

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