July 30th, 2016



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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.2/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: James Schamus

Stars: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts

Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus Messner, the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher from Newark, N.J. Marcus leaves for Ohio to study at a small, conservative college, where he finds himself at odds with the administration, grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after a troubled girl.

Writers: Philip Roth, James Schamus, Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Sarah Gadon, Logan Lerman, Tracy Letts, Ben Rosenfield, Linda Emond, Melanie Blake Roth, Danny Burstein, Noah Robbins, Margo Kazaryan, Doris McCarthy, Joanne Baron, Samuel Dunning, Bryan Burton, Philip Ettinger, Susan Varon, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sarah Gadon - Olivia Hutton
Logan Lerman - Marcus
Tracy Letts - Dean Caudwell
Ben Rosenfield - Bertram Flusser
Linda Emond - Esther
Melanie Blake Roth - Student
Danny Burstein -
Noah Robbins - Marty Ziegler
Margo Kazaryan - Student
Doris McCarthy - Church Volunteer
Joanne Baron - Mrs. Greenberg
Samuel Dunning - Dead American Soldier
Bryan Burton - Ben
Philip Ettinger - Ron Foxman
Susan Varon - Mrs. Dadidovich

Taglines: Based on the novel by Philip Roth.


Official Website: Official Twitter

Country: USA

Language: Hebrew, English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: 9-17 Clintonville St, Whitestone, New York, USA

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User Review


Rating: 8/10


"Indignation", set in 1951, follows the story of Marcus (Logan Lerman) and his struggles with love and religion. Although his parents Jewish, Marcus is an atheist and often is at odds with his family, school, and community. However, when he meets another student named Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), everything changes.

The movie does an excellent job of portraying the challenging ethical and romantic complications Marcus has to face in his daily life. His character is extremely well- developed and well-written as he has moments of self-doubt, self-discovery, and emotional conflict. Although the movie does have moments of humor, its general tone is somber.

Overall, the riveting movie's simple premise is elevated by the great chemistry between the leading actors and the immersing quality of the filmography. As Marcus tries to discover who he wants to be in life, we get a chance to reflect on who we are as well. At its heart, the movie is a captivating journey that explores its protagonist's identity and goals in a heartfelt way.

LJ's Grade: B

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