The Man from Elysian Fields

Synopsis: Byron Tiller, happily married with a young child, is a writer whose last novel has ended up in the remainder bins. Down on his luck and struggling to make ends meet, he keeps bashing away, refusing to admit that perhaps he is not that good. One day, at wit's end and feeling sorry for himself, he meets someone who has actually read his book: a rather elegant looking Englishman who introduces himself as Luther Fox. Luther runs an escort agency Elysian Fields, which provides extremely wealthy women with attractive, intelligent dates. Desperate for any job- and Luther guarantees good pay and convinces him that it can be only temporary -Byron reluctantly agrees, keeping the whole thing hidden from his wife. He soon finds himself face-to-face with an extremely attractive woman, whose aging husband is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist grappling with a novel that may be his last. Before long, Byron finds himself immersed in a world that he finds almost impossible to believe and even harder to
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): George Hickenlooper
Production: Fireworks Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
57
Rotten Tomatoes:
51%
R
Year:
2001
106 min
$1,288,188
Website
8 Views

Pasadena, home to little old ladies,

noble laureates...

high tech science,

beautiful museums...

and a Pulitzer

Prize winner or two.

Welcome to a city

where people still read.

Are you looking

for anything special?

-Do you like thrillers?

-Not particularly.

It's a pretty good one.

-I didn't think Hitler had children.

-Well...

none that we know of, but what

if Hitler had a child with...

Eva Braun...

then raised in Argentina by the Nazis

to follow in his father's steps.

That's so ridiculous!

Well, it's a premise, and

they're allowed to be ridiculous.

Thanks, but I'm gonna

keep looking.

-A 25-dollar-book for 3,99.

-Not, if I don't buy it.

Right.

Is this you?

-Did you write this book?

-It took 7 years out of my life...

but don't let that influence you.

Would you sign this for me?

-Are you sure?

-Sure!

-What would you like me to say?

-You're the author.

Thanks.

-"Enjoy". I definitely will.

-Please, do.

-Thanks.

-Thank you.

-Bye.

-Bye.

This is the story of Byron Tiller...

a modest man living in a modest

Pasadena neighborhood.

A neighborhood built for

middle income families...

when the middle was still closer

to the top than the bottom.

-Say "hi" to mom!

-Hi.

-Hi, how are you? You know?

-No.

-I sold a book today.

-Hey, that's good!

I haven't done the math, but I think

it'll bring us another 3 cents.

-Course the taxes will kill us.

-The important thing is, honey...

...people are reading your work.

-I went to Rizzoli's.

Couldn't find it but I turned around

and there it was: 7 years of my life.

In the remainder bin, along with

cookbooks, self-help...

...and achieving orgasms.

-If orgasms don't get full price...

...you have nothing to be ashamed of.

-What is this?

What?

Did Heinz die or something?

The man makes 57 varieties

and we can't afford any of them?

Why pay extra for a label?

How many diapers is Nathaniel still

going through? In one week?

That depends on if he decides to spit

his food up instead of swallow it.

And when does he decide to take

muscle control seriously?

Three, I think.

Then my new book

better get published...

quick.

I don't want you to have a worry,

champ. Dad's gonna take care of you.

You go to sleep now,

Mr. Nathaniel Hawthorne Tiller.

I love you.

What are you doing in there?

I'm moving his head. Making sure

it doesn't flatten out on one side.

It hardened two years ago.

Come to bed.

Come to bed?

-What were my two men talking about?

-Mostly we talked about law schools.

-I think he's leaning towards Duke.

-That's a good school.

He thinks so.

-Maybe he doesn't wanna be a lawyer.

-Nobody wants to be a lawyer.

That's why you have to shove

that seed in early.

-Maybe he wants to write, like dad.

-If his head doesn't flatten out...

that won't happen.

-You don't have a flat head.

-Maybe not on the outside.

-Honey...

-What?

God gave you a gift.

Remember what "Newsweek" said?

"Byron Tiller's sentences

have bounce and color.

'Hilter's Child' shows sparks

of originality...

...not often seen in thrillers."

-"In the thriller mode", he said.

-And what about the "Times"?

-Refresh me.

I believe he said something about

me and that Hemingway guy.

-Yeah?

-Yes.

-I think it slipped my mind.

-Really, it slipped your mind?

Maybe I should refresh

your memory.

Refreshing, here I go.

"Like Hemingway,

he carves his sentences...

with a...

with a diamond cutter's eye...

Leaving the best and the brightest."

-God, you're good!

-I can't hear you!

I said you're good!

Whether his wife was talking

to Byron or God isn't certain.

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