In So Yong Kim’s “For Ellen,” Paul Dano stars as an aspiring rocker who agrees to sign divorce papers for his estranged wife in order to get money from the sale of their home, but then realizes his daughter is also part of the bargain and he will be forfeiting all parental rights to her. Kim (“Treeless Mountain,” “In Between Days”) debuted the film at Sundance 2012. Dano is joined by Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva and Shaylena Mandigo.
Eric Kohn reviewed the film at Sundance, declaring that, “Nobody else could fit the role of a crestfallen rocker that Paul Dano embodies in director So Yong Kim’s remarkable ‘For Ellen.’ Kim’s delicate feature takes the conventional deadbeat dad formula and rejuvenates it by letting Dano’s naturalistic performance lead the way.” “For Ellen” opens at Film Forum in NYC September 5, and will be available on VOD September 19. Check out the trailer below: