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The Two Pamelas (2015)

| Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2015 (USA)
A young woman awakes on a casting directors couch next to a lifeless body with no recollection of the events that transpired the evening before. This classic Film Noir tale set in modern ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Miano ... Detective Galento
Jennifer Day ... Darlene Patrick
Natalie Alexander ... Pamela Wald
Ilia Yordanov ... Jerry Wald
Corbin Timbrook ... Burt Wald
Johnathan Hurley ... Jack Reed
Bailey Gaddis Bailey Gaddis ... Julia Patrick
Silvia Spross ... Elise Richards
Kristen Dalton ... Kelly O'Connor
Shelby Janes ... Charlie
P. David Miller ... Detective Rogers
Norm Gold Norm Gold ... Detective Abrams
Leilani Sarelle ... Melanie Scarlett
Shannon Gibson Shannon Gibson ... News Reporter
Mir Waiss Najibi Mir Waiss Najibi ... Kenny
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A young woman awakes on a casting directors couch next to a lifeless body with no recollection of the events that transpired the evening before. This classic Film Noir tale set in modern times keeps the audience guessing until its final outcome. Written by Boxer Joe

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A charming throwback to pulp LA noir
5 December 2013 | by VicBoothSee all my reviews

Fans of the hardboiled detective genre will immediately recognize the title's reference to the classic 'The Two Jakes' and the pulp novel poster. The film follows that general theme as it goes on but, by being based in the present, stays wisely in the region of homages rather than a pastiche, The same way The Big Lebowski incorporated many of the narrative tropes of classic noir detective films and still remained a relevant comedy, The Two Pamelas does the same with its visuals themes, making it a taut and, at times, brutal contemporary thriller. The sepia tones, Dutch angles and almost asynchronous dialogue are charmingly out of place in the modern setting, almost like Pleasantville.

The film follows the investigation of a casting director's murder and the various suspects that arise from it, leading to quite a gripping third act that seems almost from a James Ellroy novel. Although often conceptually unoriginal, it does manage to create intrigue where others often fall short.

The film finds fault in its digital format and texture, where some of the visuals feel incongruous with such a modern look. But at the same time, paradoxes are what makes the Two Pamelas fun in the first place. A good effort, for a low budget film.


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