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YOUNG GIRL AND THE MONSOON
USA: Artistic License Films
Cast: Terry Kinney, Ellen Muth, Mali Avital, Diane Venora, Tim Guinee
Director: James Ryan
USA Release Date: 4 May 2001 (Limited Release - New York)
Hank (Terry Kinney) is 39 and like most people about to hit forty, can feel things catching up to him. At the same time distant and caring, Hank is a single parent and his 13 year-old daughter, Constance (Ellen Muth), is there to remind him that in fact things are not only catching up, they're closing fast.
Hank is guilty about leaving his daughter while away on long assignments as a photojournalist. He's been through a messy divorce.and Constance's raging hormones are pushing her (and everyone in her way) closer to madness.
Hank's girlfriend of a year Erin (Mali Avital) is 26 (just 13 years older than Hank's 13 year-old). She and Constance have a lot in common: they both wear the same Betsey Johnson dress, but Erin has never met Hank's daughter. Hank has his reasons for keeping his girlfriend a secret.
Then there's Giovanna (Diane Venora), Hank's boss. Over the years, Hank's had an on and off affair (chiefly off) with Giovanna. She is pressing him to spend more time campaigning for the prize he's just been nominated for -- the coveted Humanitas Award.
Something's eating away at Hank and no one's sure what it is. He refuses Giovanna's request to spend more time focusing on his career and inexplicably breaks up with Erin. Finally, when his ex-wife leaves the country for a three-month honeymoon, Constance moves into Hank's apartment and all hell breaks loose.